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Steve Levitt Medical Doctor

Specialty: General Medicine
Hillsborough, North Carolina
Hello, my name is Steve Levitt and welcome to my blog. I'm a psychiatrist with 30 years of experience conducting research on temporomandibular disorders (sometimes called "TMD" or "TMJ") and chronic pain. Prior to getting my MD, my PhD research involved the molecular... Full Bio
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New On-Line Home Evaluation for Chronic Pain by Steve Levitt Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain      The most effective self-help methods for chronic pain for a given individual must be based on the individual pain patient's specific history and set of experiences.  Ta ... Read on »
Ringing or buzzing in the ear-A Case Presentation by Steve Levitt Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain A 45-year-old white female was referred for tinnitus (ringing or buzzing) in the left ear and facial pain that had been present for the previous two years. She had first ... Read on »
A Study of the Effectiveness of Splint Therapy for Temporomandibular Joint Disorders - A Research... by Steve Levitt Medical Doctor 1 Comment Posted in: Blog Posts in Dental Health There has long been controversy regarding which types of treatments are indicated and effective for temporomandibular joint disorders.  This published international research ... Read on »
Effect of Pyschological Factors on Treatment Outcome in Temporomandibular Disorders-A Research Study by Steve Levitt Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Dental Health "TMD Treatment Outcomes: A Statistical Assessment of the Effects of Psychological Variables. Steed Pamela A, DDS Jour of Craniomandib Practice, (16)3: 138-42, 1998. ... Read on »
Whiplash Injury-A Case Example by Steve Levitt Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain A 36-year-old white female was referred to a university pain clinic for evaluation of pain in her jaw and face. Her problem had started eight months earlier as a result of a ... Read on »
Is TMJ Disorder symptom improvement related to treatment or simply to the passage of time-Research... by Steve Levitt Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Dental Health Brown DT, Gaudet EL, Jr.. Outcome Measurement for Treated and Untreated TMD Patients Using the TMJ Scale. Jour of Craniomandib Practice, 12(4):216-221, 1994. Changes in symp ... Read on »
Effects of Surgery on Temporomandibular joint Disorders-A Research Study by Steve Levitt Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Dental Health Effect of Orthognathic Surgery on the Temporomandibular Joint in Patients with Anterior Open Bite Authors: Aghabeigi B, Hiranaka D, Keith D, Kelly J, Crean St. J, Inte ... Read on »
Research Study in Japan Studying Psychological Factors in Orthodontic Patients with TMD and the... by Steve Levitt Medical Doctor 1 Comment Posted in: Blog Posts in Dental Health Yamaguchi D, et al, Evaluation of Psychological Factors in Orthodontic Patients with TMD as Applied to the "TMJ Scale", The Bulletin of Tokyo Dental College, (43)2: 83-87, 2 ... Read on »
Do patients with Chronic Pain due to TMJ differ from Chronic Pain Patients due to other causes? by Steve Levitt Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain The following published research study, using the clinical assessment tool The Chronic Pain Battery (published by Pain Resource Center, Inc.) explored the differences betwee ... Read on »
Validity of the TMJ Scale in Post Traumatic Headache Patients-A Research Study by Steve Levitt Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain The TMJ Scale is a psychometically derived clinical tool used to detect and measure head and facial pain and others symptoms associated with temporomadibular joint disorders ... Read on »
Research Post: Are TMJ Disorders Self-Limiting? by Steve Levitt Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain This general question has been intensely debated for years.  The answer is complex, dependent upon many parameters, and will certainly vary with the specific disorder, i.e. ... Read on »
International Research with the TMJ Scale by Steve Levitt Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain  In addition to the many published papers over the years in North America (U.S. and Canada) using the TMJ Scale in research studies of temporomadibular disorders (aka 'TMJ') ... Read on »
Chronic Pain Assessment and Management Tool for Clinicians by Steve Levitt Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain   The Chronic Pain Battery™ What is it?   A computer scored, paper and pencil, multi-dimensional assessment and management tool for use by clinicians who evaluate and trea ... Read on »
Re-Testing Helps Patient and Dentist by Steve Levitt Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Case Example: Re-testing helps patient and dentist A 19-year-old female was suffering from TMJ pain and severe bilateral (both sides) headaches of more than three years d ... Read on »
Chronic TMJ Pain and Stress by Steve Levitt Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Stress Management Chronic TMJ Pain and Stress A 21-year-old white female was experiencing chronic facial pain and clicking in the left TM joint that made chewing difficult. Her doctor thought ... Read on »
New On-Line Test by Steve Levitt Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Dental Health This is a brief announcement that the Chronic Pain Battery assessment tool is now available for scoring on-line by registered clinicians. http://www.tmjscale.com/ Read on »
Do you try to cope with chronic pain? by Steve Levitt Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Cope With Pain-Parts 1 & 2 by Stephen R. Levitt, MD, PhD A three hour audio educational program (MP3 format compatible with both PC and MAC) written and narrated by an e ... Read on »
Case Report: Facial Pain is not always by Steve Levitt Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Migraine & Headaches Case Report: Facial Pain is not always "TMJ" Example of the role the "TMJ Scale" can play in evaluation and treatment. A 48-year-old married white male was experie ... Read on »
How to "Cope with Pain"-Audio Program by Steve Levitt Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Fibromyalgia Cope With Pain-Parts 1 & 2 by Stephen R. Levitt, MD, PhD A three hour audio educational program (MP3 format compatible with both ... Read on »
How to "Cope with Pain"-Audio Program by Steve Levitt Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Cope With Pain-Parts 1 & 2 by Stephen R. Levitt, MD, PhD A three hour audio educational program (MP3 format compatible with both PC and MAC) written and narrated by an ... Read on »