BiofeedbackCAM Cost EffectivenessTemporomandibular Disorders

Behavioral training and biofeedback to treat temporomandibular dysfunction

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction involves face pain, clicking sounds, and limited movement of the jaw. About 33% of the population has it; fewer need treatment.

This study suggests that cognitive behavioral therapy plus biofeedback is cost-effective treatment.

96 patients with TMJ dysfunction for less than 6 months were assigned to treatment or no treatment and followed for a year.

The treated group had lower jaw-related health care cost.

There are lots of drug and surgical treatment options. Lots of CAM options too. Behavioral training plus biofeedback appears to be a cost-effective option for TMJ dysfunction.

Before investing in expensive treatments, try simpler remedies first.

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2/17/07 16:59 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.