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[Short-term effects of the Michigan splint on muscular and joint pain].

AbstractBACKGROUND:
In 1966 Ramfjord and Ash proposed the Michigan's splint that, at present, is one of the splints widely accepted for the treatment of craniomandibular disorders (CMD).
METHODS:
For this study, thirty-one subjects were examined according to the protocol of the European Academy of CMD; each patient indicated the intensity of pain using a Visual Analogue Scale (VAS). After therapy with Michigan's splint, the visit was repeated and the patient indicated again the VAS.
RESULTS:
The results showed that the splint has short-term benefit effects on the muscular and articular pain, even if the effects are lesser on the articular pain.
CONCLUSIONS:
The Michigan's splint is a valid device for therapy of CMD, moreover it is very cheap, very easy to use and without contraindications.
AuthorsS Baldissara, S C Mascellani, S Catapano, P Baldissara
JournalMinerva stomatologica (Minerva Stomatol) Vol. 47 Issue 5 Pg. 235-8 (May 1998) ISSN: 0026-4970 [Print] ITALY
Vernacular TitleEffetti a breve termine della placca di Michigan sul dolore muscolare ed articolare.
PMID9677821 (Publication Type: English Abstract, Journal Article)
Topics
  • Craniofacial Dysostosis (physiopathology, therapy)
  • Facial Pain (therapy)
  • Humans
  • Occlusal Splints
  • Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome (physiopathology, therapy)

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