Pain in the jaw can be incredibly uncomfortable. It is often paired with headaches that make it difficult to focus. Low-level laser therapy can be effective for TMJ pain relief.
What is TMJ?
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. This is the joint of the jaw and connects the lower jawbone or mandible to the upper temporal bone in the skull. Most people mean pain in the joint when they use the term “TMJ.”
The actual term for pain in that joint is Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD). Pain in the temporomandibular joint typically causes problems such as jaw pain, jaw lock, jaw popping, and jaw clicking.
What causes TMJ?
Researchers have not identified a cause for pain in the TMJ. It is possible the symptoms are a result of problems with muscles in the jaw or in the joint itself. In addition, some experience TMJ related to stress and clenching or grinding teeth.
How common is TMJ?
TMJ pain is more common in women than men. And it is more common between the ages of 20 and 40.
Since there is no clear way to diagnose TMJ pain, it isn’t clear how common the condition is.
How does laser therapy provide TMJ pain relief?
Low-level laser therapy sends infra-red photons that stimulate your damaged cells. It also increases blood flow in the area, increasing the oxygen and nutrients flowing to your cells and muscles. This helps your own cells heal themselves.
The outcome is faster tissue repair, pain reduction and reduced inflammation.
Low-level laser therapy is very popular since there are no side effects, no recovery time, no medications and no surgery.
Research studies show the impact laser therapy has on providing TMJ pain relief.
How many treatments should you expect for TMJ pain relief?
We recommend a short burst of treatments to provide an intense response to the pain. Expect 3-5 treatments in two weeks. At that point, your practitioner will reassess your condition and the recommended path.