Temporomandibular joint disorders
Language: 
English
Abstract: 

Temporomandibular joint disorders are common in adults; as many as one third of adults report having one or more symptoms, which include jaw or neck pain, headache, and clicking or grating within the joint. Most symptoms improve without treatment, but various noninvasive therapies may reduce pain for patients who have not experienced relief from self-care therapies. Physical therapy modalities (e.g., iontophoresis, phonophoresis), psychological therapies (e.g., cognitive behavior therapy), relaxation techniques, and complementary therapies (e.g., acupuncture, hypnosis) are all used for the treatment of temporomandibular joint disorders; however, no therapies have been shown to be uniformly superior for the treatment of pain or oral dysfunction. Noninvasive therapies should be attempted before pursuing invasive, permanent, or semi-permanent treatments that have the potential to cause irreparable harm. Dental occlusion therapy (e.g., oral splinting) is a common treatment for temporomandibular joint disorders, but a recent systematic review found insufficient evidence for or against its use. Some patients with intractable temporomandibular joint disorders develop chronic pain syndrome and may benefit from treatment, including antidepressants or cognitive behavior therapy.

Author(s): 
Buescher, Jennifer J.
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
American Family Physician
Journal Abbreviation: 
Am Fam Physician
Publication Date: 
11/15/2007
Publication Year: 
2007
Pages: 
1477-1482
Volume: 
76
Issue: 
10
ISSN: 
0002-838X
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 18052012

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Jennifer J. Buescher. 11/15/2007. "Temporomandibular joint disorders." American Family Physician 76: 10: 1477-1482.

Wikipedia Citation

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