About Temporomandibular joint
Dr. Rajasekaran Stephen
About Temporomandibular joint
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) has long been less well understood than other joints of the body. It is afflicted by many osseous and soft tissue conditions, as other joints, but because of its particular anatomic structure and location, it is subject to a unique biomechanical environment and set of pathologic conditions. Until recently, few health care providers had much understanding of this joint, and patients with TMJ dysfunction had few professionals to whom they could turn for knowledgeable help. Traditionally TMJ dysfunction was recognized most commonly by dentists but they had insufficient education to care for the problem and nowhere to refer the patient. This situation has now changed as a result of the rapid progress in all aspects of TMJ analysis that has occurred in the past 15 years. The anatomy, biomechanical function and dysfunction, pathologic conditions, and methods of management are much better defined. In a large part, this enhanced understanding can be attributed to advances in medical imaging and the influence of deeply interested radiologists working very closely with dedicated clinicians. This above statement was taken from Diagnosis of Bone and Joint Disorders W B Saunders Company Vol.2 Fourth Edition Author's William A. Murphy M.D. Phoebe A. Kaplan M.D. Donald Resnick M.D.Page 1707.

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) has long been less well understood than other joints of the body. It is afflicted by many osseous and soft tissue conditions, as other joints, but because of its particular anatomic structure and location, it is subject to a unique biomechanical environment and set of pathologic conditions. Until recently, few health care providers had much understanding of this joint, and patients with TMJ dysfunction had few professionals to whom they could turn for knowledgeable help. Traditionally TMJ dysfunction was recognized most commonly by dentists but they had insufficient education to care for the problem and nowhere to refer the patient. This situation has now changed as a result of the rapid progress in all aspects of TMJ analysis that has occurred in the past 15 years. The anatomy, biomechanical function and dysfunction, pathologic conditions, and methods of management are much better defined. In a large part, this enhanced understanding can be attributed to advances in medical imaging and the influence of deeply interested radiologists working very closely with dedicated clinicians. This above statement was taken from Diagnosis of Bone and Joint Disorders W B Saunders Company Vol.2 Fourth Edition Author's William A. Murphy M.D. Phoebe A. Kaplan M.D. Donald Resnick M.D.Page 1707.
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