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Educational Brochures on Chronic Overlapping Pain Conditions

This brochure addresses what are Chronic Overlapping Pain Conditions (COPCs), how COPCs are diagnosed, the complexity of the chronic pain experience, and how to work with your health care provider to develop a treatment plan. It is available by postal ma

Study Highlights TMD Evidence and Current Practice Gaps

The TMJ Association has long championed the need for strong evidence-based demonstrations of the safety and efficacy of TMD diagnostics and treatments. Sad to say, as the following journal article indicates, even among a network of research-oriented practices, dental providers are still resorting to such TMD treatments as occlusal adjustments in which teeth are irreversibly moved, ground down, or in other ways altered, a treatment for which there is no scientific evidence of efficacy.

Beware of Ticks and Lyme Disease

We are currently in the peak season for Lyme disease. Each year at this time we highlight this topic because we have heard from a number of patients over the years who were misdiagnosed and underwent unnecessary TMD treatments when they actually had Lyme

#*!"@!**! ... May Help Your Pain... and Improve Strength!

Our headline is adopting the comic strip convention of using symbols to denote swear words because we are intrigued by a report that swearing may have some health benefits.

Predictors of Opioid Efficacy for Chronic Pain Patients

Opioids are increasingly used for treatment of chronic pain. However, they are only effective in a subset of patients and have multiple side effects. Thus, studies using biomarkers for response are highly warranted.

Sally's Story

  • May 13, 2015

My TMJ issues have been present for the last ten years. It started as migraine headaches and progressed into neck and shoulder pain. Doctors sent me to physical therapy and treated the headaches with numerous medications. We started narrowing down the pain to the jaw area. One day my physical therapist tried to loosen up my jaw for some stretching and didn't like what she felt. She stopped immediately and told me I should go see an oral surgeon. At first I didn't understand but I was willing to try anything to treat the pain issues I was facing on a daily basis.

Upon visiting the oral surgeon he some x-rays and an MRI and said my condition was too severe for him to treat. He referred to two medical centers. Once he described to the issues I decided to get a second opinion. He told me the bone leading up to the socket in my jaw was cracked, disfigured, and falling apart. The bone had ground up the cartilage, disc, and socket. Without getting surgery soon, I would face not being able to open and close my mouth to talk or eat. I knew that surgery was not something I wanted.

My second opinion turned into seeing nine different doctors all over the state. Every doctor I saw told me the same thing. You need surgery soon and I can't do it. Finally I contact the two medical centers and set up a consultation. I also found patients that had the surgery and the type of device that both places recommended. I did my own interview process and decided on a hospital and the TMJ Concepts device. After waiting seven months I had surgery to replace my left joint, socket and mandible on Jan 24th, 2011.

The surgery went very well. Once home the only issues I faced was controlling the pain and swelling. I am currently in week six of my healing and with every week the pain is reducing. The swelling is coming down at a very slow pace. I can talk, chew, and eat soft foods. I only experience a little of the former pain I used to have and the doctor told me that should decrease with time. I'm so grateful for how I was treated and the good out come I have had to far. I would recommend to anyone that has to have this surgery to consider the device I had put in since it's customized to your specific skull. Once I was in surgery they removed the degenerative pieces of my jaw, overlaid the new pieces and attached it to my bone. I feel this process has helped with my recovery process.

As far as how long my device will last, we will see. I hope to take good care of the joint and have it last longer than the average time we are currently seeing in other patients.

Sally

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