Prolotherapy for TMJ Pain

Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction can cause a tremendous amount of pain in the jaw, face, head, and neck, as well as compromise a person’s ability to talk, chew, and function normally. During this time, many people find they are merely chasing symptoms, trying everything from dental splints and pain pills to more drastic dental and surgical procedures. However, to stop this cycle, it is necessary to look further. Our providers work with patients to find underlying causes of the pain and often find that they were missing a critical TMJ instability diagnosis which is why responses to other treatments were short lived. Our goal is not just pain and symptom management, but pain and symptom resolution! Therefore, our treatments are uniquely comprehensive in the field of Regenerative Medicine and we are often the clinic that patients turn to after trying less comprehensive forms of Prolotherapy and stem cell injections. Whether you have recently experienced jaw pain after a vehicle accident or dental work, or you have struggled with unresolved issues for years, Caring Medical can help you!

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)

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Temporomandibular Disc Problems

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This shows anterior disc replacement. When the person closes their mouth, there would be a clicking sound either heard or felt. The cause of this is most often instability of the TMJ, which can be resolved wih Prolotherapy in most cases.







When patients are dealing with chronic TMJ dysfunction, it is important to see a Prolotherapy specialist who can also conduct a proper exam for cervical spine instability and perhaps order a Digital Motion X-ray to watch the movement of the jaw and cervical spine in real-time. There can be an overlap of neck instability that refers pain to the face and jaw, and visa versa. The providers at Caring Medical are accustomed to dealing with complicated cases of jaw and spine instability with pain and other cervical instability symptoms, including difficulty swallowing, burning tongue, numbness, and others. If you have been chasing the symptoms and looking to get a more definitive diagnosis and pain resolution, versus pain “management,” we recommend a consultation with one of our providers.




The Close Anatomical Association between the
TMJ and the Upper Cervical Vertebrae

tmj c1 c2 instability

It is easy to visualize how injury to the ligaments that support the atlas (C1) and axis (C2) could cause pain to travel to the head, face, and TMJ areas through the nervous system. Likewise, TMJ instability can affect the same areas including the neck and upper cervical region.







Prolotherapy Treatment for TMJ Pain

For decades, our primary work has been to establish the most comprehensive Prolotherapy, Stem Cell Therapy, Platelet Rich Plasma, and Nerve Release and Regeneration treatment protocols available for chronic pain, including pain in the jaw, head, neck, and face. These regenerative injection treatments are ideal for TMJ pain because they strengthen the ligaments that allow for proper movement of the TMJ. Common options patients have tried before coming to our office are usually not focused on the ligaments at all, only trying to turn off the pain signal, but do nothing to stabilize the joint itself. These can include TMJ arthroscopic surgery, TMJ implants, cervical spine surgery (many varieties), botulism toxin injections into muscles, and surgical cauterization, which zaps the bones with a radiofrequency wave, destroying the treated area. This last technique may eliminate a patient’s pain because it destroys the fibro-osseous junction, where the pain originates. Why destroy or remove a structure when there is a treatment that will help strengthen and repair it?

Anyone with TMJ dysfunction knows how painful it is to have the jaw pop continuously. This is indicative of joint instability. Until the joint instability is resolved, symptoms will persist. Joint instability is caused because the ligaments that hold the joints together and allow for proper movement become overstretched or torn. This allows for destructive joint motions, just like a loose hinge on a cabinet leads to the wearing down of the cabinet door. Joint instability causes or aggravates pain in the jaw, face, and head. Prolotherapy is the only treatment that addresses joint instability directly by attracting growth factors to repair the ligaments right where they attach to the bones. Prolotherapy causes a permanent strengthening of ligaments and eliminates the root cause of the pain.







Our Research on the use of Prolotherapy for TMJ Pain

Many of the subjective symptoms of pain, stiffness, and crunching sensation in patients with TMJ dysfunction were reduced greater than 50% in 92% of the Prolotherapy patients in this study. The complete study and results can be read here: Hauser R, et al. Dextrose Prolotherapy and pain of chronic TMJ dysfunction. Practical Pain Management. 2007;Nov/Dec:49-55.

TMJ PAIN LEVELS
5.9
Average pain level BEFORE Prolotherapy
2.5
Average pain level AFTER Prolotherapy

Pain scale is 1-10 where 1 = no pain & 10 = unrelenting pain.


We get patient satisfaction results. In 9/10 cases we meet or beat the patients expectations. Our results are long lasting and provide permanent pain relief. This is why patients travel from all over the world to see our providers.




Our other studies on regenerative treatment outcomes for TMJ pain





Patient Success Stories using Prolotherapy for TMJ Pain


TMJ Injury after Multiple Whiplash Injuries

MH sustained multiple whiplash injuries during contact sports and motor vehicle accidents, leaving her with unrelenting jaw pain. She found no relief from chiropractic adjustments, and chose Prolotherapy instead. With one treatment, the jaw pain resolved.

LEARNING POINTS:

Chronic pain after traumas involving whiplash injuries almost always has ligament laxity as the etiology. Prolotherapy is necessary for pain resolution.





TMJ Clicking & Lockjaw

Jessica had experienced “clicking” in her left TMJ for as long as she could remember. At age 27, she developed pain and began to have instances of lockjaw. Jessica would experience sharp pain every time she yawned or chewed. She had no history of oral surgery or teeth grinding. The cause was determined to be a weak TMJ ligament. After 5 rounds of comprehensive Prolotherapy to her left TMJ, Jessica reported the pain and clicking to be 100% alleviated.

LEARNING POINTS:

Many people like Jessica end up trying splints, unnecessary dental work, or even braces before learning about Prolotherapy. The other treatments do not consider or fix the loose TMJ ligament and problems are likely to persist for years. Luckily, she knew of the treatment and utilized it as a first-line therapy.






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In 9/10 cases we meet or beat the patients expectations. Our results are long lasting and provide permanent pain relief. This is why for 25 years, patients have been traveling from all over the world to see our providers. Give us a call, or fill out the form below to get started.

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