The Influence of a Stabilization Splint on the Body Posture

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 12, 2005
Last Update Posted : November 18, 2005
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University Medicine Greifswald

Brief Summary:
The study was designed to investigate a possible influence of an occlusal stabilization splint on the body posture in TMD cases and controls. Interocclusal appliances or occlusal splints are therapeutic devices that are most frequently used in the treatment of TMD. Changes of the mandibular position and occlusal equilibrations are assumed to have an impact on the general body posture.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Temporomandibular Disorders Craniomandibular Disorders Arthromyalgia Chronic Disease Occlusal Appliance Device: occlusal appliance Phase 1

Detailed Description:

Thirty TMD cases and 10 controls were included in the study. All participants were recruited from the School of Dentistry, University of Greifswald. All subjects gave their written consent to participate in the study. They then completed a TMD history questionnaire and underwent a clinical examination. The examination included palpation of the masticatory muscles and the TMJs, range of mandibular motion measurements, and assessment of joint noises. The TMD cases were required to have a diagnoses of myofascial pain and/or arthralgia. Controls had to be free of pain symptoms in their masticatory muscles and TMJs. Body posture was measured during five minutes of walking using an ultrasound-distance measuring device (sonoSens® Monitor) with small sensors placed on the skin that continually record changes in the distance between them. A static posture evaluation was performed with a contactless, and radiation-free static measurement of the back surface and spine using a 3D measurement system (formetric II). A second measurement was performed after insertion of the occlusal appliance and a third one after 7 days of treatment.

The occlusal appliances were inserted after the first examination and all participants were instructed to use it at night and during examinations.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Enrollment : 40 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: The Influence of of a Stabilization Splint on the Body Posture in TMD Cases and Controls
Study Start Date : April 2005
Study Completion Date : August 2005

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Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. changes in body posture

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. score of compliants
  2. number of tender muscles and TMJs

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • TMD cases: diagnoses of myofascial pain and/or arthralgia

Exclusion Criteria:

  • TMD cases: chronic systemic diseases, cardiac pacemakers

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00154128

Sponsors and Collaborators
University Medicine Greifswald
Principal Investigator: Georg Meyer, Prof. School of Dentistry, University of Greifswald, Germany
Principal Investigator: Georg Meyer, Prof. Dr. School of Dentistry, University of Greifswald Identifier: NCT00154128     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: RD-B-01
First Posted: September 12, 2005    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: November 18, 2005
Last Verified: September 2005

Keywords provided by University Medicine Greifswald:
temporomandibular disorder
craniomandibular disorder
occlusal appliance
clinical trial

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Chronic Disease
Temporomandibular Joint Disorders
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome
Craniomandibular Disorders
Pathologic Processes
Disease Attributes
Mandibular Diseases
Jaw Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Joint Diseases
Muscular Diseases
Stomatognathic Diseases
Myofascial Pain Syndromes
Salicylic Acid
Anti-Infective Agents
Antifungal Agents
Keratolytic Agents
Dermatologic Agents