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Patients in Los Angeles or New York City Needed for Clinical Study - Comparative Study of Women Considering or Currently Receiving Botox© Injections for TMJ Pain

Are you a woman with "TMJ" pain in facial muscles, who has either: a. recently had Botox© injections for your pain or b. not had Botox© for your pain but has thought about such treatment? If either is true for you, you may qualify for an observational research study centrally administered by the NYU College of Dentistry. It is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The purpose of this study is to understand potential health risks that may be caused by treating "TMJ pain" with Botox© injections.

Patients Front and Center at the 2018 TMJ Patient-Led RoundTable

It is still all too fresh in the minds of many patients. Fifty years ago, between the 1970s and 1980s, some 10,000 TMJ patients received Vitek jaw implant devices.

Funding Opportunities now available for the NIH Common Fund’s Acute to Chronic Pain Signatures program

The NIH Common Fund's Acute to Chronic Pain Signatures program aims to understand the biological characteristics underlying the transition from acute to chronic pain and what makes some people susceptible and others resilient to the development of chronic pain.

Opportunity to Voice Your Opinion: U.S. Government Officials Want To Hear from Patients with Pain

FDA Public Meeting on Patient-Focused Drug Development for Chronic Pain On July 9, 2018, FDA hosted a public meeting on Patient-Focused Drug Development for Chronic Pain. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/15/2018-10284/patient-focused-

Consider Including the TMJA in Your Financial Planning

We were recently contacted by Tom P. who informed us that he was including The TMJ Association (TMJA), in his financial planning. Tom wrote the following for us to share with our readers:

Low-Level Laser Therapy

  • Jul 11, 2018

Low-Level therapy (also known as cold laser therapy) is another treatment that has been promoted to patients with chronic pain conditions who are desperately seeking relief. This treatment is recommended for a diverse conditions such as back and neck pain, musculoskeletal pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, tendonitis, bursitis, neuropathy, migraine headaches, sprains and strains, carpal tunnel syndrome and temporomandibular disorders.

Latest Scientific News/Research on Low-Level Laser Therapy

  • Zokaee H, Akbari Zahmati AH, Mojrian N, Boostani A, Vaghari M. Efficacy of low-level laser therapy on orofacial pain: A literature review. Adv Hum Biol [serial online] 2018 [cited 2018 Jul 11];8:70-3. Available from: http://www.aihbonline.com/text.asp?2018/8/2/70/232017. Conclusion: As an overall result, it is concluded that LLLT can be served as a therapeutic method for myofascial pain, mucositis and temporomandibular joint disorders and this is due to its analgesic features.
  • Fernando M. Munguia, DDS, MS/John Jang, DMD, MS/Mahmoud Salem, DDS, MS/Glenn T. Clark, DDS, MS/Reyes Enciso, PhD, Efficacy of Low-Level Laser Therapy in the Treatment of Temporomandibular Myofascial Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Journal of Oral & Facial Pain and Headache The findings from this systematic review showed that LLLT seems to be effective in reducing pain in patients with temporomandibular myofascial pain with moderate-quality evidence. However, due to the high heterogeneity, small number, and high risk of bias of the included studies, the results are not definitive, and further well-designed studies are needed.
  • Shukla D, Muthusekhar MR. Efficacy of low-level laser therapy in temporomandibular disorders: A systematic review. National Journal of Maxillofacial Surgery. 2016;7(1):62-66. doi:10.4103/0975-5950.196127.  Conclusion: Our results have shown that LLLT seems to be effective in reducing pain in TMD's. It may be a treatment option for patients with an interest in a noninvasive, complementary therapy.

In Treating TMJ

To view or order a free booklet about TMJ Disorders, visit the National Institutes of Health website.

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