Prolotherapy

Reduce TMJ Pain
Improve Joint Stability
Increase Range of Motion

Prolotherapy

If you suffer from TMJ, you know how uncomfortable and painful it can be. TMJ, or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, can cause pain in the jaw joint and the muscles that control jaw movement. It can also make chewing, talking, and even sleeping difficult. While various treatment options are available, one lesser-known option is Prolotherapy. Prolotherapy for TMJ is a safe and effective treatment option that does not involve surgery or medication. We use it to treat a wide range of TMJ symptoms, including pain and difficulty opening and closing the mouth.

What is Prolotherapy?

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Prolotherapy, also known as regenerative injection therapy, is a non-surgical treatment that involves injecting a solution into the affected area to stimulate the body’s natural healing process. This solution, typically a mixture of

Platelet-Rich fibrins and lidocaine, strengthens and repairs the ligaments and tendons in the jaw joint by releasing growth factors in the affected areas. The treatment uses a patient’s own blood cells to accelerate healing.

Other TMJ injection Treatments

Most people recognize the more familiar BOTOX brand name for Botulinum toxin injections. Most are also familiar with these injections, which give a more youthful facial appearance by relaxing muscles, thereby reducing wrinkles. This concept of relaxing muscles is the basis for an alternative treatment for TMJ and related jaw pain. Most people are not aware that botulinum

toxin injections may induce muscle atrophy that damages the jaw bone through joint instability. Another common treatment to relieve TMJ pain is the use of steroids. While injecting corticosteroids may temporarily relieve a chronic condition, it can also suppress inflammation. Corticosteroids inhibit the growth hormone release, further decreasing soft tissue and bone repair.

Thus, steroids have no healing effects. Prolotherapy, on the other hand, encourages the body to initiate the healing response. The treatment has been used for decades to treat various musculoskeletal conditions, including TMJ disorders. Athletes have been known for decades to use these injections to help heal injuries.

Causes of TMJ Syndrome

In TMJ Syndrome, the lower jaw (mandible) is often pushed forward, exacerbating the issue when coupled with a head-forward posture. This forward positioning of the mandible worsens the laxity of cervical ligaments, leading to increased neck pain. Consequently, a persistent cycle of pain and disability ensues in the neck, head, and facial areas. Prolotherapy injections aimed

at fortifying both the cervical vertebrae and the temporomandibular joint offer a solution to this problem. Over time, the mandible may protrude to the point of stretching the lateral TMJ ligament, resulting in pain. Once this ligament becomes lax, clicking sensations within the joint may occur. It’s crucial to recognize that joint clicking in the TMJ, knee, neck, or lower

back signifies ligament laxity and is never considered normal or positive. Clicking indicates bones beginning to rub against each other, prompting the body to react by tightening muscles and generating more bone. This reactive process ultimately leads to joint degeneration, arthritis, and stiffness. Prolotherapy interventions can halt this progression by addressing the underlying ligament.

How Do The Treatments Work?

Prolotherapy solution is administered into and around the temporomandibular joint to address TMJ Syndrome. The injections create inflammation in the damaged tissue, stimulating the body’s natural healing process. When tissues are injured, inflammation is a natural response of the immune system.

How Prolotherapy Works to Treat TMJ Disorders

The injection initiates a controlled inflammatory response in the damaged ligaments and tendons of the jaw joint. This response signals the body to send healing cells and growth factors to the injury site, kickstarting the repair process.

The solution used in Prolotherapy contains Platelet-Rich fibrins (PRF), which help produce collagen. Collagen is the main protein in ligaments and tendons, providing structural support. Prolotherapy promotes the formation of new collagen fibers by providing the necessary building blocks, enhancing the tissues’ strength and resilience.

The inflammatory response triggered by Prolotherapy increases blood flow to the damaged area, delivering oxygen and nutrients essential for tissue repair. Enhanced circulation facilitates the removal of waste products and toxins, further supporting the healing process.

As the ligaments and tendons within the TMJ strengthen and regenerate, they provide more stability and support to the joint. This improved structural integrity helps alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and restore normal function to the jaw.

How Prolotherapy Works to Treat TMJ Disorders

Prolotherapy offers a non-invasive alternative to surgery for individuals suffering from TMJ disorders.

Unlike temporary pain management strategies such as medications or corticosteroid injections, Prolotherapy targets the root cause of TMJ dysfunction by promoting tissue regeneration. As the ligaments and tendons heal and strengthen, patients can experience lasting relief from symptoms.

We tailor treatments to each patient’s needs. The concentration and frequency of injections are adjusted based on the severity of the condition and the individual’s response to treatment. This personalized approach maximizes therapy’s effectiveness while minimizing side effects.

Since it is minimally invasive and performed on an outpatient basis, patients can typically resume their daily activities shortly after the procedure.

Patients are advised to follow a soft diet until their mouths open. Following TMJ Prolotherapy injections, patients may experience temporary discomfort, manifested as an awkward bite and a sensation of tightness in the jaw for a couple of days. During this period, patients should refrain from forcing their mouths open. Prolotherapy facilitates permanent strengthening of ligaments and tendons, effectively addressing the root cause of pain.

How We Can Help

How We Can Help

If you are suffering from TMJ, don’t let the pain and discomfort control your life. Say goodbye to the cycle of temporary relief and hello to lasting results with Prolotherapy. Take control of your TMJ discomfort by scheduling an appointment today.