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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

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Oct 27, 2016

Donald M. Birk, C.F.P.I.M., C.I.R.M.
Board Chairman
Principal at Birk Consulting
Southlake, TX

Terrie Cowley
Co-Founder and President
The TMJ Association, Ltd. Milwaukee, WI

Allen W. Cowley, Jr., Ph.D.
Scientific Advisory Board Chairman
James J. Smith & Catherine Welsh Smith Professor in Physiology
Harry & Gertrude Hack Term Professor in Physiology
Professor and Chairman, Physiology Director of the Cardiovascular
Center Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI

Charles M. Sturm, Jr.
Vice President & Treasurer
Charles Sturm and Associates, LLC
Milwaukee, WI

Christin L. Veasley
Co-Founder and Director of the Chronic Pain Research Alliance
North Kingstown, RI

Joan B. Wilentz, MA
Freelance Science Writer/Editor
Chevy Chase, MD

Honorary Board

Kevin D. Clark
Heartland Advisors, Inc.
Milwaukee, WI

Officer to the Board

Deanne M. Clare
Secretary to the Board
The TMJ Association
Milwaukee, WI

Clinical Advisor

Daniel M. Laskin, D.D.S., M.S.
Professor and Chairman Emeritus
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA

Charles S. Greene, D.D.S.
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry
Chicago, IL

Health Policy Advisor

Peter Reinecke
Principal, Reinecke Strategic Solutions, Inc.
Arlington, VA

Chronic Pain Research Alliance Initiative

Christin L. Veasley
Director
North Kingstown, RI

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In Treating TMJ

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