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 iPad applications to help you manage TMJD/chronic pain.
Here are the latest studies and news:
Evaluation and management of temporomandibular joint dislocation – this review looked at 79 articles discussing TMJ dislocation to see how it was being evaluated and treated. The conclusion was that the more invasive treatments were not necessarily the treatments offering the best outcome. The author recommends exhausting all conservative therapies before moving on to surgical procedures. Source.
Association of TMJ disorders with self-reported musculoskeletal pain – This study investigated whether having TMJ disorder symptoms and pain was assocated with pain in other parts of the body, and if so, were there specific clusters of pain. They found that patients who had pain in their chewing muscles also had pain in the neck, shoulders, and back. Patients with pain in their TMJ also had pain in their shoulder, neck, back, and other joints. They also found that 5.8% of the people studied showed a “multiple pain condition” AND TMJ disorder symptoms. The probability of having both TMJD and other pain increased if the patient was female, had poor self-reported health, and other chronic illnesses. Source.
Causes of persistent joint pain after TMJ arthrocentesis -This study wanted to clarify why certain patients still have joint pain after a TMJ arthrocentesis. They studied 36 patients who all had MRI scans to examine the position of their discs, whether they had any bone abnormalities, or fluid build-up in the joint. They each had an arthrocentesis, and the patients were followed for six weeks. After six weeks, each patient was given one of two classifications: improved or poor. They found that joints with minimal or no fluid build up had a good response, but joints that had erosion did not fare well, and the patients still had pain after the procedure. Source.
Scientists discover peptide that short circuits chronic pain – The peptide, CBD3, is unique because it doesn’t produce the same side effects that other pain treatments do (drowsiness, memory loss, depression). – Source
Why the word “drug” promotes a bias in chronic pain treatment – Jack Cain, a Pain Policy Advocate at the Consumer Pain Justice Cooperative, discusses how using the word “drug” (instead of, perhaps, medication) is causing a negative connotation in chronic pain treatment. Source.
Joint replacements riskier at hospitals with less volume – This study discusses a link between a hospital not doing many of these surgeries (hip replacement, hip arthroplasty, knee arthroplasty), and serious complications. Even though this study is about hip and knee surgery, the concept applies to other surgeries too. If you are considering TMJ surgery, ask your surgeon how many of the procedures he has done. Don’t be afraid to get a second opinion, in fact, getting other opinions is encouraged when considering any type of invasive treatment. Source.
What do you have planned for this weekend? And do you have any news to share? Leave a comment below to let us know! 🙂
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