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1/1. Phase II therapy for a chronic pain patient: a clinical report.

    One of the roadblocks to success in treating temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD) patients is an accurate diagnosis. The terms "TMJ" or "TMD" are not specific enough to provide definitive treatment. Initially the disorder must be classified as a muscular or an internal derangement problem. Once accomplished, the further diagnostic breakdown of the problem will prepare the patient and the doctor for the scope of treatment necessary and the prognosis. This lack of a specific diagnosis can lead to inappropriate treatment and inadequate communication among clinical dentists, academia and patients. Our patients and the profession will continue to suffer until a single diagnostic system is universally agreed upon and utilized.
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