Medical science has come a long way in the past 50 years. Of course, few doctors make house calls anymore, but today’s consumers have a whole host of products at their disposal which can help better document and manage their medical diseases and disorders.
But you don’t have to be a tech-savvy consumer to know what’s available, what works and what doesn’t. This week, we’ll give you an overview of four apps that can help manage the symptoms of TMD.
First things first
But first, let’s start at the beginning. What is an app? This is the shortened word for “application,” or a software program. These programs are easily downloadable to a mobile phone device, smartphone or tablet. They can do any number of things, including help with productivity, information retrieval and monitoring of symptoms.
Your device matters
Not all apps are compatible with every mobile device. Do you have an Android or Apple device? It makes a difference. However, most available apps offer two versions which are compatible with either device. So make sure you purchase the appropriate software.
For only, $1.99, SleepSoft LLC offers consumers Sleep Machine. As most patients with TMD know, a good night’s sleep is essential to help manage and reduce symptoms. Sleep Machine offers an assortment of features to help patients fall asleep faster. Its most important feature includes approximately 80 calming sounds to help induce nocturnal bliss. Just a few of the options include “rain and thunder,” “distant train” and “whirling fan.”
Chronic Pain Tracker
The price may be steep for some at $14.99, but Chronic Pain Tracker can do a great deal to help TMD patients get a better command of their overall disorder.
Patients can track specific types of pain they are experiencing through 19 different health categories. One can then analyze the data with over 100 different charts and graphs. In turn, the information can be used to ensure better communication between patients and medical professionals.
Think like a doctor with Medscape. This app is free, and is the leading tech resource used by most dentists, physicians, and other healthcare professionals. For sufferers of TMJ disorders, one of the more useful tools includes Disease and Condition Information.
Here patients can review prior workups and treatment plans for over 4,400 different kinds of diseases and conditions. It’s another great method to better enhance communication with your TMD provider.
For improvement with both TMD and one’s overall general health, try Epocrates. This free app features disease information and alternate medicines that may be available for hundreds of conditions.
It can also perform dozens of calculations including one’s BMI (body mass index) and identify pills based on imprint code or colors. Patients can even check to see if their health plan covers certain drugs.
Do you have more questions about mobile apps? Contact the office of MedCenter TMJ, Ronald C. Auvenshine, DDS, PhD and Nathan Pettit, DMD, MSD, today.