Correlation of Postural Faults and TMJ Dysfunction
Department of Health and Human Services
1 R43 DE09768-1A2,
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Mc Candless Physical Therapy
2637 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS, 39216
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Sylvia Mc Candless
AbstractThe objective is to explore the possibility that a correlation exists between postural faults andtemporomandibular joint dysfunction. Control and experimental groups consisting of fifty subjects eachwill be evaluated for postural faults using the Scan-0-graph designed by Reedco Research of Auburn,New York. Both the control and experimental groups will be evaluated for TMD using the criteriaoutlined by the American Dental Association. Statistical analysis will be performed for both continuousand discrete measures. Continuous measures will be compared using T tests or nonparametricequivalent when necessary. Discrete measures will be measured using the Chi square analysis andFischer's Exact test to compare the groups. The degrees of deviation will be analyzed both ways. Afinal analysis to determine which of the variables, if any, determine the relationship between posturaldysfunction and temporomandibular joint dysfunction will be done using a stepwise logistic regression.A positive correlation will assist in developing compressive evaluation and treatment techniques for thispatient population. These techniques will be marketed in the form of educational video tapes andseminars for health care professionals.
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