Temporomandibular Joint Pain and Dysfunction

Journal: Current Pain and Headache Reports. 2006, 10:408-414 Authors and affiliation: Kathleen Herb, Sung Cho, Marlind Alan Stiles. Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. [E-mail: alan.stiles@jefferson.edu ] PMID: 17087864

Pain caused by temporomandibular disorders originates from either muscular or articular conditions, or both. Distinguishing the precise source of the pain is a significant diagnostic challenge to clinicians, and effective management hinges on establishing a correct diagnosis. This paper examines terminology and regional anatomy as it pertains to functional and dysfunctional states of the temporomandibular joint and muscles of mastication. A review of the pathophysiology of the most common disorders is provided. Trends in evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and research are presented.

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