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The Temporomandibular joint: pain management and treatment

A review on "the forgotten joint"

The term "Temporomandibulair joint disorder" (TMD) is not a specific diagnosis, but rather a collective name for disorders of various anatomical structures (such as the masticatory muscles), disturbances in jaw movements etcetera.

Mental health is an important role in TMDs, and it is therefore an important factor to take into account when examining a patient presenting with a TMD. TMDs may provoke pain in different areas such as the ears, mouth/ teeth, the forehead and the occiput.

This review concluded that conservative treatment such as counselling, exercises, occlusal splints, massage and manual therapy are the best way to treat TMDs.

> From: Wieckiewicz et al., J Headache Pain 16 (2016-06-22 06:30:29) 106 (Epub ahead of print). All rights reserved to The Author(s). Click here for the online summary.

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