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Pain Drawings: An Important Tool for Health Care Practitioners

Last year we shared with you a study in which investigators found patients with more severe and chronic TMD are likely to experience other persistent pain conditions in other parts of the body, seemingly unrelated to problems in the jaw or face. Yet patients often do not mention these "overlapping" or "comorbid" pain conditions when they see a dentist or health care provider.

Primary Temporomandibular Disorders and Comorbid Conditions

The aim of this study is to evaluate the distribution of the most common comorbid conditions associated with chronic temporomandibular disorders, and the pharmacological agents which play an integral role in the overall management of temporomandibular joint disorders. Abstract: INTROD

Overdiagnosis and Unnecessary Therapy

Many dental practitioners continue to use radiographic or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) as the sole means of establishing that there is a pathology present that requires treatment.

TMD Self-Management Programs

Self-management (SM) programs in temporomandibular disease (TMD) are a core component of pain management of TMD throughout its course and are often given to patients as a first essential step after diagnosis.

Honor Families Who Bravely Battle TMD

If you haven't done so already, please join me in making a year-end contribution to The TMJ Association (TMJA) in the honor of families like mine and yours who bravely battle this disease each and every day. Since my daughter, Alexandra, b

Hot & Cold Packs: Most Effective Therapy

  • Sep 22, 2016

In a survey the TMJA conducted of TMD patients, the most frequently used intervention (65% of respondents) was thermal therapy (hot or cold compresses) to the jaw; these were also found by 74% of the respondents to result in a reduction of symptoms. The TMJA was contacted by John Lucas of Caddy Wraps who asked us to share his Face Caddy product with a number of patients for their feedback.

Here is what they had to say...

  • “Positive: Comfortable adjustable Caddy Wrap. Easy to transport when traveling. Negative: Over the years, I have used frozen vegetables directly on my head for pain, so cold packs "not as cold" as what I am use to, when using with fabric wrap. Recently, used cold packs without caddy for head pain, to numb my head. I laid cold pack on my pillow, with my head against cold pack. “ Marsha
  • “My Face Caddy came in handy today as I just got back from appointment with new surgeon." Ellen
  • “I have tried many jaw wraps and can say this one is the best made and most comfortable one so far. The different colors offered also are a plus. I am looking forward to using this during the healing phase of my upcoming surgery in August.” Karen

If you'd like to give the Face Caddy a try, Mr. Lucas has offered to provide our readers with free priority mailing shipping (in the U.S.), which is a $6.99 value. Be sure to enter "TMJA" when ordering online in the coupon code area. The TMJA does not benefit financially from the company or your sales. We thought you might like to know about this tailor made product for TMD discomfort.

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