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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

WHAT TMJ PATIENTS WANT

  • Jun 22, 2014

The TMJA conducted an online survey asking: "What do TMJ patients want?" The following is a summary of the top 20 responses we received.

  1. The medical community to understand the multi-components of TMJ
  2. To change the misconceptions of this disorder
  3. For people in the world to understand what a TMJ implant is and what handicaps it puts on your life
  4. A cure!
  5. Treatment to relieve the pain so I can open my mouth fully and enjoy all the food I used to like!
  6. For the condition to become a legitimate health issue to doctors
  7. Emotional support in a society where, not only medics and dentists, but one's own immediate relations seem deliberately blind and deaf to one's devastating physical problems
  8. Hope! Direction!
  9. Just to know others are out there that have the same problem; to hear other patients' stories and know they understand
  10. Help!
  11. Doctors who are sympathetic to the condition and offer compassionate care
  12. Research, clinical studies, standard treatments and practices dealing with TMJ and all of its causes
  13. PAIN RELIEF!
  14. Scientific and evidence based practice data
  15. To know if TMJ is the cause of other illnesses or are other illnesses the cause of TMJ
  16. Research dollars to be spent differently
  17. Medical progress
  18. To get the word out about TMJ disorders; too many doctors and dentists still have no idea that it even exists and can be a major problem
  19. To be recognized by the orthopedic community; after all the TMJ is a joint in the body
  20. The best damn science this country can give us and a lot of it!

For a more formal answer to the question of “What do TMJ patients want?” please read this informative and inspirational speech by co-founder and TMJA President, Terrie Cowley, presented to the International Consensus Workshop: Convergence on an Orofacial Pain Taxonomy in 2009. (Full Text PDF)