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TMJ RoundTable Update - June 2017

From the time of the June 16, 2016 meeting, until last month, progress has been slow. However, over the past couple of months we have the following accomplishments to share with you.

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.

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Living With TMD

If you have been diagnosed with TMD or know someone who has been, this is an excellent resource to find answers to all of your questions. You'll get a solid introduction to what TMD is and what you can expect if you have one. There are tips on how to find relief when suffering TMJ pain. There is also a comprehensive section that includes links and information on associated conditions that often "overlap" TMD, as well as links and information about books and other websites that contain useful information for TMJD sufferers.

TMJ Community

The TMJA is refocusing their efforts to offer support and advocacy for sufferers of TMJDs and those who support them. You don't have to feel alone. Read and share TMJ stories, contact your senator, and learn how to reach out to others who actually know exactly how you feel. Join the TMJ Community and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Science of TMJ

The TMJA has always sought to find better science to understand the causes of TMD and ultimately, we'd like science to find a cure. To that end, the TMJA has arranged a number of Science Meetings to bring experts in the field together to share their findings and ideas in hopes of furthering TMJ research. Take a look at some of the past Science Meeting agendas, the latest scientific articles and papers concerning TMJ, and learn more about current funding opportunities for science professionals interested in TMJ research.

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