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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

ADVISORY BOARD

  • Oct 26, 2016

Allen W. Cowley, Jr., Ph.D.
Scientific Advisory Council 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

Kyriacos A. Athanasiou, Ph.D., P.E.
Distinguished Professor
Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering
University of California Davis
Davis, CA

Allan Basbaum, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Anatomy
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

David B. Burr, Ph.D.
Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Professor and Chairman of Anatomy and Cell Biology
Professor of Orthopedic Surgery
Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, IN

Christine B. Chung, M.D.
Associate Professor in Residence
Department of Radiology
University of California, San Diego
San Diego, CA 

Daniel J. Clauw, M.D.
Professor, Pain Management Anesthesiology
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Ronald Dubner, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Neural and Pain Sciences
University of Maryland
Baltimore, MD

Martin Frank, Ph.D.
Executive Director
American Physiological Society
Bethesda, MD

Howard J. Jacob, Ph.D.
HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology
Huntsville, AL

Jon D. Levine, M.D., Ph.D.
Faculty, Neuroscience Graduate Program
University of California
San Francisco, CA

Alan R. Light, Ph.D.
Professor of Anesthesiolgy, Neurbiology and Anatomy
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT

Richard B. Lipton, M.D.
Edwin S. Lowe Professor and Vice Chair of Neurology,
Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health and
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Bronx, NY

Sean Mackey, M.D., Ph.D.
Chief of the Division of Pain Medicine and Redlich Professor
of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine,
Neurosciences and Neurology
Stanford University
Redwood City, CA

William Maixner, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Professor of  Anesthesiology
Anesthesiology / Center for Translational Pain Medicine
Duke University School of Medicine
Durham, NC

Emeran A. Mayer, M.D.
Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Physiology and
Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

Ruby H.N. Nguyen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Epidemiology & Community Health
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

Philip A. Pizzo, M.D.
David and Susan Heckerman Professor and
Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
Stanford University
Stanford, CA

Anthony Ratcliffe, Ph.D.
President & CEO
Synthasome, Inc.
San Diego, CA

Christian S. Stohler, D.M.D., Dr. Med. Dent.
Dean, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine
New York, NY

Suzanne D. Vernon, Ph.D.
Scientists
Bateman Horne Center of Excellence
Salida, CO

John T. Watson, Ph.D.
Associate Director, VonLiebig Center
Professor Bioengineering
University of California San Diego
La Jolla, CA

Ursula Wesselmann, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Division of Pain Medicine
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL

Denniz Zolnoun, M.D., M.P.H. 
Associate Professor, Invasive Gynecologic Surgery
Director, Vulvar Clinic
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

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