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TMJ Patient RoundTable Project: Status Update

The TMJ Association is acting as the catalyst to develop the TMJ Patient RoundTable, a broad initiative to advance the interests of patients with temporomandibular disorders (TMD). It encompasses collaborations with all stakeholders and

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.

Primary Temporomandibular Disorders and Comorbid Conditions

  • Mar 2, 2017

Vassil Svechtarov, Savina Nencheva-Svechtarova, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Faculty of Dental Medicine, Medical University - Sofia, Scripta Scientifica Medicinae Dentalis, vol.2, No2, 2016, pp 28-32.

INTRODUCTION: 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.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 23 articles are included in this comprehensive review of the relevant studies on common comorbid conditions related to temporomandibular disorders. This review provides summarized clinical and online platform based analyses focused on the five most common comorbid conditions and their relevant pharmacological therapy.

RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: The majority of the studies show that comorbid conditions may include fibromyalgia, systemic myofascial pain and chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic headaches, migraine, heart arrhythmias, endometriosis, interstitial cystitis, irritable bowel syndrome, lower back pain, sleep disorders- insomnia, autoimmune diseases, sleep apnea, noises and irritation in the ear, vulvodynia and mental disorders. The top comorbid conditions reported from people with TMJ syndrome, regardless of status are: anxiety, depression, insomnia, fatigue and pain.

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Overlapping Conditions


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