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TMJ RoundTable Update - June 2017

From the time of the June 16, 2016 meeting, until last month, progress has been slow. However, over the past couple of months we have the following accomplishments to share with you.

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.

ACTIVITIES AND PROGRAMS

  • Jun 18, 2014

The TMJ Association (TMJA) continues to strive for its ultimate goal: the development of universal standards for safe, effective, affordable, science-based diagnostics, treatments, and prevention of temporomandibular disorders (TMD). We understand that patient education, advocacy, and the provision of accessible support systems are central to achieving that goal.

The TMJA serves patients, professionals, and the general public through a variety of educational, social, and advocacy programs.

  • We represent the needs of patients by participating in government health care policy and research meetings, testifying before congressional committees, and working to promote temporomandibular joint research and development activities in all relevant government agencies. We recognize that educating elected officials is essential to directing attention to the prevalence, cost, and long-term pain and disability often associated with these complex disorders.
  • Our periodicals inform readers of relevant legislative, scientific, and research news. The TMJ Communiqué, a general newsletter, and our TMJ Science journal, a research publication, provide concise, accurate, and newsworthy reports. Our educational materials provide a basic understanding of TMD and related treatment options.
  • We connect TMJ patients in need with other patients who have offered to provide one-on-one support. Our support contacts validate patients' often-doubted pain and disability, reduce isolation, promote self-esteem, and encourage self-reliance and coping skills.
  • The TMJA is shaping a society in which the state of TMD and the pain and suffering they cause are recognized, and effectively managed with scientifically validated treatments.

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The TMJ Association continues to strive for its ultimate goal: the development of universal standards for safe, effective, affordable, science-based diagnostics, treatments, and prevention of temporomandibular disorders (TMJDs). We understand that patient education, advocacy, and the provision of accessible support systems are central to achieving that goal.

The TMJA serves patients, professionals, and the general public through a variety of educational, social, and advocacy programs:

  • We represent the needs of patients by participating in government health care policy and research meetings, testifying before congressional committees, and working to promote temporomandibular joint research and development activities in all relevant government agencies. We recognize that educating elected officials is essential to directing attention to the prevalence, cost, and long-term pain and disability often associated with these complex disorders.
  • Our periodicals inform readers of relevant legislative, scientific, and research news. The TMJ Communiqué, a general newsletter, and our TMJ Science journal, a research publication, provide concise, accurate, and newsworthy reports. Our educational materials provide a basic understanding of TMJDs and related treatment options.
  • We connect TMJ patients in need with other patients who have offered to provide one-on-one support. Our support contacts validate patients' often-doubted pain and disability, reduce isolation, promote self-esteem, and encourage self-reliance and coping skills.
  • The TMJA is shaping a society in which the state of TMJDs and the pain and suffering they cause are recognized, and effectively managed with scientifically validated treatments.

Back to TMJ Assocation Ltd.


In Treating TMJ

To view or order a free booklet about TMJ Disorders, visit the National Institutes of Health website.

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