The findings, published in the November issue of the Journal of Pain, provide insights into potential causes of temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJD), and should lead to new methods of diagnosing facial pain conditions, predicting who will be susceptible to them, and new treatment approaches, say the authors.
"There is a real difference. People with TMJ are more sensitive than those without TMJ on parts of the body other than the jaw," says co-author Joel Greenspan, PhD, professor and chair of the School''s Department of Neural and Pain Sciences. "To us it means the nervous system for interpreting pain information is now altered. We think that general heightened pain sensitivity is part of the chronic pain problem."
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