If you are suffering from jaw pain or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), it can interrupt your daily life. However, there is another treatment option available that can help you find relief from your pain: prolotherapy. Let’s take a look at what prolotherapy is and how it can help relieve your jaw pain.
What is prolotherapy?
Prolotherapy, also known as regenerative injection therapy, requires the use of an injection of a diluted dextrose solution into the jaw joint. In doing so, it helps to promote healing. In fact, research has shown that this technique can be used to reduce pain originating from inflamed jaw joints. It can also help stabilize joints that exhibit hypermobility.
Injections will typically be performed in one or both joints, depending on the pain and your condition. These injections are often repeated at two week, six week and three month intervals. Again, this will depend on your condition and the severity of the pain.
Once your prolotherapy is complete, you may experience mild to moderate pain at the injection site for a couple of days after. This may be due to the activation of the immune system and the trigger of a reparative healing response.
You may also experience temporary numbness on the side of your face and above your ear. Additionally, you might have bruising at the site or injection as well as redness. However, these side effects often only last for about 30 minutes and does not occur in everyone, everytime.
Contact us at AZ Sleep & TMJ Solutions to learn more about prolotherapy and to find out if you are a good candidate for this procedure for jaw pain relief.