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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.

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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