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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

TMJA IN THE MEDIA

  • Oct 26, 2016

Over the years The TMJ Association as been quoted and cited in a numerous media publications and outlets including the following.

  • Pains Project, Member Spotlight - The TMJ Association, October 2014.
  • Dear Doctor, Chronic Jaw Pain & Associated Conditions, December 2013.
  • Research!America blog, Member Spotlight, June 2013.
  • The Pain Advocacy Community newsletter, Spotlight on Pain Advocacy, March 2013.
  • Friends of the National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research, Update, February 2012.
  • TheWall Street Journal, When Coverage Fails, October 22, 2011
  • Pain Pathways, What is TMJ?, Spring 2011.
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article, Jaw Joint Disorders Likely Coexist with Other Conditions, Medical College Study Finds, March 2, 2011.
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article, FDA Orders Review of Jaw Joint Implants After Numerous Problems, February 7, 2011.
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentineland MedPage Today investigational articles on TMJ implant devices, November 28, 2010.
  • Pain Advocacy Community e-newsletter, In the Face of Pain, Sept. 2010.
  • Washington Post, "Feeling her pain", May 25, 2010.
  • PR Newswire, "Campaign to End Chronic Pain in Women", May 19, 2010.
  • CFIDSLink E-newsletter "Launch event and Capitol Hill meetings reinforce human and financial toll of chronic pain", May 2010.
  • NIH Medline Plus, "Treating TMJ: Less is Often Best" - Winter 201, pg. 15
  • National Vulvodynia Association "NVA News" - Fall 2008
  • CFIDSLink E-newsletter "Comorbid Conditions Receive Focus" - July 2008.
  • Interstitial Cystitis Association's ICA Update Magazine, "TMJDs: Sometimes a Companion to IC" - Summer 2008, pg. 16-17.
  • International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders's Digestive Health Matters, "Can Studies of Co-Morbidities of TMJDs Reveal Common Mechanisms of Disease?", Summer 2008, Vol. 17, No.2., pg. 12.
  • Journal of American Medical Association, "Improvements Needed in Management of Temporomandibular Joint Disorders" - March 12, 2008, Vol 299, No. 10, pp. 1119-1121.
  • Tinnitus Today "Check for Jaw Misalignment" - December 2007, Volume 32, No.4, pg. 19.
  • Friends of the National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research Oral Health Research, "NIDC, patients' advocates work to solve TMJ puzzle" - Winter 2007, Vol. 3, No.1, pg.3.
  • RDH, The National Magazine for Dental Hygiene Professionals, "The Complexities of TMD" - October 2008, page 60.
  • Bone & Joint Decade "Member News - The TMJ Association" - May/June 2007, Volume 9, Issue 1, pg. 6.
  • Proto - Massachusetts General Hospital Dispatches from the Frontiers of Medicine, "The Body Pain" - Spring 2007.
  • American Academy of Pain Management The Pain Practitioner, "TMJD - A Mystery Trigger Point Headaches: Some Practical Suggestion for Addressing Postural Perpetuating Factors, Volume 16, Number 3 - Fall 2006.
  • New York Times "An Aching Jaw Leads to a World of Medical Uncertainty" - April 4, 2006.
  • International Healthcare Journal - "Dentists play doctor" - February, 2006.
  • The Savvy Woman Patient - How and Why Sex Differences Affect Your Health (book) - Society of Women's Health Research 2006.
  • Procter & Gamble's Global Dental Resource Web site - 2005.
  • Annie's Mailbox (Ann Landers column) - January 18, 2005.
  • Star-News - "The Truth about TMJ" - July 29, 2004.
  • Good Housekeeping magazine - "Warning! The Medical "Miracles" that May be Hazardous to Your Health" - March 2004.
  • The Times-Picayune newspaper - "Dental suit could cost state millions" - January 18, 2004.
  • The Washington Times - "When Jaw Joint is Aching" - April 2003.
  • U.S. News & World Report - "Scarred lives - A faulty jaw implant was recalled years ago; thousands of patients found out too late" - July 2002.
  • Dallas Morning News - "Jaw device: 'outstanding' or 'dangerous'? Implant makers tout benefits, but some patients endure defects" - July 2002.
  • Orthopaedic Research Society Newsletter "President's Report, Edward J. Puzas" - Spring/Summer 2002.
  • Arthritis Today "Why Your Jaw Hurts" - October 2001.
  • Women's World "What you Should Do About...Jaw Pain" - October 2001.
  • New York Times "When Medical Devices Fail in the Body" - August 2001.
  • Health Magazine "Peace for Troubled Jaws?" - March 2001.
  • Washington Post "Taking It On the Chin" - February 2001.
  • CNN - February 2001.
  • Good Morning America - March 2000.
  • Chemical & Engineering News "Poorly Understood TMJ Problem Gets Needed Attention" - June 26 2000.
  • Chemical & Engineering News "Disappointment for victims of failed implants" - February 28 2000.
  • The Gray Sheet "Patient/Industry Collaboration Key to Optimal Implant Registry-TMJ Assn." - January 10, 2000.

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