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Quintessence Publishing: Journals: OFPH
Journal of Oral & Facial Pain and Headache

Edited by Barry J. Sessle, BDS, MDS, BSc, PhD, FRSC

Official Journal of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain,
the European, Asian, and Ibero-Latin Academies of Craniomandibular
Disorders, and the Australian Academy of Orofacial Pain

ISSN 2333-0384 (print) • ISSN 2333-0376 (online)

Publication:
Summer 1994
Volume 8 , Issue 3

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Effectiveness of conservative treatment for craniomandibular disorders: A 2-year longitudinal study

Garefis/Grigoriadou/Zarifi/Koidis

Pages: 309-314
PMID: 7812229

The severity of symptoms of craniomandibular disorders was studied during a 2-year period in 195 patients treated with conservative therapeutic schemes. Results revealed a continuing improvement and a statistically significant tendency for the great majority of patients to become asymptomatic or show a decrease in the severity of symptoms. By the end of the 2 years, 66.7% of the patients were symptom free, 25.6% presented with slight symptomatology, and 3.1% were recorded with a fluctuating recurrence of symptoms. This investigation provided the data to develop an exponential model for the hypothesis that stabilization of effectiveness of conservative treatment is achieved between 6 months and 1 year after the initiation of treatment.

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