Non-Surgical TMJ Treatment Options
The exact cause of TMJ disorder can be difficult to determine. Your pain may be due to a mix of different factors. It can be due to genetics, arthritis, or jaw injury. Some people have jaw pain because of bruxism. We’ve gotten our fair share of emails from patients looking for TMJ treatment over the years. Many of these emails describe osteoarthritis of the jaw as a result of a traumatic injury. Jaw dislocation can happen in a hockey game for example.
You can also get dislocated or fractured jaw from an accident. Some people also claim that their TMJ problems began after they had their wisdom teeth extracted. Others will argue that TMJ developed as a degenerative joint disease.
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The pain these patients feel is due to soft tissue damage and weakness in the back of the skull. It can also include the cervical vertebrae facet joints, the cervical neck ligaments, and the cervical neck muscles. TMJ surgery should not be your only option. According to a study published in the Journal of oral and facial pain and headache, PRP injections may reduce pain more effectively than placebo injections in TMJ osteoarthritis. This became evident at 6 and 12 months post-injection. At 12 months post-injection, there was a significant difference in pain reduction when PRP was compared to hyaluronic acid. Although it should be interpreted with caution, PRP may have a beneficial effect on the relief of TMJ osteoarthritis pain.
Alleviating TMJ Pain
The non-surgical treatment options we provide at Joint Rehab entail taking a small amount of your blood. We then spin it in a centrifuge to separate the platelets from the red blood cells. The platelets are then collected and injected back into the jaw and neck to stimulate healing and regeneration.