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TMJ Disorder & Health News Weekly Round-Up – 3rd Week of July

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

Weekly Round-Up May 21 to 27th

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

TMJ Disorder Research & Health News Weekly Round-Up – Third Week of May

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

February 19-25 News Round-Up

This week at TMJ Hope:

You requested that we put up lists of TMJ friendly products, so we put those up (by the way, buying products from Amazon helps support TMJ Hope):

We also had an article about dealing with depression: How to Cope with TMJ Disorder, Chronic Pain, & Depression

TMJ Related News:

Diagnostic Accuracy of Clinical Tests & Signs of TMJ Disorders: A Systematic Review of the Literature – After reviewing all of the available studies, this review found only 3 studies that were of high enough quality to include in their review. So, their conclusion was that as of right now the ability to rule in (or rule out) TMJ disorder is still unknown. Our take away: we need more research and better designed research at that! Source.Read More »February 19-25 News Round-Up