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dis·a·bil·i·ty – DISABILITY DEFINITION:
- a physical or mental condition that limits a person’s movements, senses, or activities.
- synonyms: handicap, disablement, incapacity, impairment, infirmity, defect, abnormality; More
- a disadvantage or handicap, especially one imposed or recognized by the law.
“he had to quit his job and go on disability”.
Patients who show a less than normal levels of ability to clench and recruit the masticatory muscles during functional EMG testing has been noted in the literature as evidence based on controlled studies that used extensive statistical test that maximal bite force and the electrical muscle activity during maximal bite in the intercuspal position are significantly weaker in patients with functional disorders of the masticatory system than controls without such disorders.
This is just one of many ways GNM is able to quantify and measure disability and functional impairment.
MRI’s, CBCT, lateral Ceph imaging doesn’t show this.
“It is important to remember that in the context of the ADA, “disability” is a legal term rather than a medical one. Because it has a legal definition, the ADA’s definition of disability is different from how disability is defined under some other laws.
The ADA defines a person with a disability as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity. This includes people who have a record of such an impairment, even if they do not currently have a disability. It also includes individuals who do not have a disability but are regarded as having a disability. The ADA also makes it unlawful to discriminate against a person based on that person’s association with a person with a disability.
Now, how does one prove one’s TMD is a disability?