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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

THE TMJ ASSOCIATION, LTD.

  • Oct 17, 2014

Founded in August 1986 by Terrie Cowley and Sandra Geilfuss, both sufferers of TMJ disorders, the mission of The TMJ Association, Ltd. (TMJA) is to improve the quality of health care and lives of everyone affected by Temporomandibular Disorders. The TMJA achieves its mission by:

  • Advocating for the needs of patients.
  • Promoting awareness of TMD among the public, policymakers, basic and clinical research and health care communities.
  • Encouraging basic and clinical research on TMD to provide greater understanding and safer and more effective methods of diagnosis and treatment, based on scientific evidence.
  • Periodically convening international scientific meetings to explore new findings and recommend promising lines of research to further the understanding of TMD.
  • Serving as a resource for the collection and dissemination of information on advances in research, treatment, insurance practices, patients’ rights, and legal and ethical issues.
  • Communicating with elected officials, government agencies, professional organizations, community leaders and other policymakers concerning TMD issues.
  • Benefiting from a prestigious Scientific Advisory Board for collaboration and consultation.
  • Collaborating with other patient advocacy organizations whose members experience conditions that overlap with TMD.

The TMJ Association was organized under the laws of the State of Wisconsin and earned a 501(c)(3) status in December 1989. As a nonprofit organization, The TMJ Association established an all volunteer Board of Directors. The Board established an all-volunteer Scientific Advisory Board to provide technical insight into the complex issues addressed by the Association.

We invite you to learn more about us by clicking on the following links. 

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