In all of our research, writing, answering patient questions, and talking with experts, we’ve wondered – what is the history of TMJ disorder? Other than a few pieces here and there, I’ve actually never seen a comprehensive timeline of what has happened to cause TMJ… Read More »TMJ Disorder Timeline
According to research, there are differences between men and women when it comes to chronic pain. Women experience pain more intensely and more often than men. Females also respond to pain management differently, and their pain is not only often under-treated, it is treated less… Read More »Is There Gender Bias in Pain Management?
You may want to sit down, grab a cup of coffee or a smoothie 😉 and maybe even take some notes. This is one of the most important blog posts that you have ever read about TMJ disorder research. I’m excited to be writing about… Read More »Major Research Update – The OPPERA Study: The Largest TMJ Disorder Study To Date
Treatment of TMJ ankylosis (joint fusion) with rib graft and fat padding – The surgeons deduced that this was a successful procedure for TMJ ankylosis, however, they only followed patients for 6 months after surgery. We would be interested to know how the patients did after. Also, they didn’t mention the pain of this procedure. Many patients have told us that the rib graft was by far the most painful surgery they had. Source.
Does dextrose prolotherapy help patients with painful disc dislocation or locking? – Twelve patients with painful disc subluxation or dislocation were divided into two groups – one received injections of dextrose and mepivicaine, and the other (the placebo group) received injections of saline and mepivicaine. Each group showed improvement by the end of the study in both pain and number of locking episodes. Both groups did not have improvement in their clicking sounds. Larger in-depth study is needed to understand if prolotherapy is effective for TMJ pain patients. Source
More research needed to substantiate effectiveness of alternative treatment for fibromyalgia. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine has been researching and conducting several alternative treatment programs for fibromyalgia. They include acupuncture, Tai Chi, massage therapy, chiropractic care, biofeedback, dietary supplements, hypnosis, and magnet therapy. However, the majority of research in the fibromyalgia studies is still considered “preliminary” for which more thorough research and long-term studies are needed to establish the efficacy of the treatments. SourceRead More »TMJ Disorder & Health News Weekly Round-Up – 3rd Week of July
Welcome to our latest TMJ research & news round-up, Father’s Day edition! First up, have you seen our latest posts? Our patient panel reviewed their first products, we had a fantastic guest post about TMJ disorder and clenching & grinding, as well as iPhone and… Read More »TMJ Disorder Research & News Round Up June
Welcome to these week’s round-up! Here’s the latest health & TMJ disorder related news: Is there a relationship between signs & symptoms of TMJ disorder and mouth opening, gender, joint pain, and hearing loss? This study looked at 464 Greek students and evaluated what signs… Read More »Weekly Round-Up May 21 to 27th
You may have wondered why we’ve been a little quiet over the past two weeks. Well, now you can see why! We have had our hands full with the new addition to the family. She is insanely cute, but has more energy than any puppy I have ever met. Sometimes I wonder if someone switched her water with Red Bull when I wasn’t looking! So, now TMJ Hope has an adorable mascot! 🙂
In other news, we had a great article about choosing a protein powder this week that you’ll definitely want to read. Leave a comment on the post if you have a favorite type or brand – your comment could help someone avoid all the trial and error of finding a protein powder. There are also some tips at the end of that post that really made the difference for me when I was on a liquid diet (and I still use the tips now that I’m on a soft diet). Click here for the protein powder blog post.
We also published an article on TMJ arthroplasty – open joint surgery. Please let us know if you have any questions or if there is anything you would like us to add to the article!
Now, on to new research! There have been several interesting pieces of research in the past couple months that I would like to cover:Read More »TMJ Disorder Research & Health News Weekly Round-Up – Third Week of May
Have lots of people in your family been sick lately? Im finally getting over the flu…. Still tired, but wanting to get back to life!
Today we are introducing a new weekly post… A weekly wrap up. Every Friday, we will cover any TMJ related research or health related news that we feel you might be interested in, as well as sharing anything that has been going on over the week here at TMJ Hope…either here on the blog, on the forum, or on our Facebook page.
If there is ever anything you think your fellow TMJ Hope readers would like to know, maybe an article you came across or some news you think we would all like to read, please submit it!
First, here is what we were up to here on TMJ Hope this week:
State of the TMJ Hope Union – please stop by and let us know how we can help you in 2011!
And now, on to the health news:
New Painkiller With No Side Effects or Addictive Qualities May Be Ready in a Year – According to researchers at Stony Brook University, a new painkiller that blocks the sodium ion channel involved in the transmission of pain, may be available within the next two years. Scientists at Stony Brook found that this drug could control pain without the same side effects and addictive qualities of opioid drugs. Preparations of the drug in oral and topical forms are being developed now in England & Canada, and a US company announced recently that they have entered Phase I clinical trials as well.Read More »TMJ Hope Weekly Wrap Up
A recent study in Germany supports the idea that acupuncture works directly on the brain to reduce the amount of pain we feel. It helps show that the effects of acupuncture are not just psychological after all. The study, done by University Hospital in Essen,… Read More »Study Shows Effects of Acupuncture Aren't All in Your Head
A recent study in Germany supports the idea that acupuncture works directly on the brain to reduce the amount of pain we feel. It helps show that the effects of acupuncture are not just psychological after all. The study, done by University Hospital in Essen,… Read More »Study Shows Effects of Acupuncture Aren’t All in Your Head