Has anyone tried prolotherapy to improve TMJ? or Botox directly in the masseter and TMJ muscles of the face? I've been dealing with a lot of pain and headaches (like most of you). I can't talk, laugh,or smile without a lot of pain. I'm new to the message board. I'm at the point where I'll try almost anything. I've tried steroid shots, spint therapy, drugs, acupuncture, massage. Nothing helps and I'm slowly losing hope. Thanks for your help
I've heard that prolotherapy can be extremely helpful in the treatment of TMJD when administered by a doctor with the proper training.
My TMJ specialist has been doing a lot of research on prolotherapy, and it sounds promising. Unfortunately, in my part of Canada, it's not being practiced on a regular basis. I would suggest you do some research, and only deal with somebody that you're totally comfortable with.
I have seriously been looking into prolotherapy lately. Everything that I read is positive, but I too would like to talk with some people with TMJ who have actually been thru the treatment. I have talked to one of the most experienced Dr's in my area (2hrs away)and he claims all TMJ patients he has worked with have been successfully relieved of pain, but it also souded as if he has not has a patient with as much damage to the joints as I have. And, how many Dr's are going to tell you about the times it didn't work? I am going to see if there are any patients willing to talk to me about it. I'll let you know how it goes.
If the doctor who does prolotherapy on TMJ patients is reputable, he will be glad to give you names of patients that he's helped. Definitely let us know how it goes.
From what I've heard, this treatment is perfectly safe when administered by a QUALIFIED doctor. Be sure to ask for credentials and how many patients this doctor has administered prolotherapy on. I was able to find a doctor who does prolotherapy, however he's never done it on the TMJ area. I chose not to be his first!
The solution is basically a sugar and water solution that's injected into the ligaments. It inflames the area and causes your body to mend itself.
The reason you don't hear a lot about it is that it's not a "money-maker" for pharmaceutical companies since the solution is not patentable (being basic sugar & water).
Let us know how it goes if you contact that doctor.
Thanks for replying to this message. I've been trying to find out info about prolotherapy and how helpful it is. I talked to my TMJ specialist and he said that all of the patients he has treated have either felt better or have had no change in their pain level (I forgot to ask how many patients he has treated). He did tell me that it can cause a lot of pain for up to 1 week following the injection and that you can't take anti-inflammatory meds because that defeats the purpose. I also know that you generally need a series of shots. Hopefully someone that has had it will reply
Hi all - I found this site this morning and would like to respond regarding prolotherapy. Prolotherapy has helped my TMJ tremendously, along with neck and shoulder pain and nerve pain shooting down my arm associated with the TMJ, and other things we all know are associated with this. There are lots of good prolotherapists out there but you must be careful and really look into what they are doing - some are better than others. You definitely don't want someone who only does occasional prolotherapy. There are really good websites out there explaining this procedure. My TMJ is part of my fibromyalgia diagnoses and so I'm also integrating natural hormone therapy and serious change of diet to reduce pain all over. I'm currently trying to find ways to reduce anxiety that will help me relax my jaw - and I'm learning how to treat my own trigger point via massage when the anxiety can't be helped. Prolotherapy is done via injection, which are nothing compared to the day-to-day pain that comes with TMJ.
I just have the one side done, it's 2 injections in the TMJ, and sometimes I'll get 2 trigger points done under the jaw area - these shots aren't painful from a skilled prolotherapist. You have somewhat limited opening for a day or two but it's not bad. I've had prolo in many areas of my body due to the fibromyalgia - some areas are rough to get through (feet), but the jaw isn't one of them.
Sorry cvella - I forgot to answer one of your questions. I felt relief after the first series. Each one will "build" on the previous one. Depending on the health of the person and how far advanced the TMJ problem is, it can vary. My first time the shots lasted a little over a week, then a few weeks, and my last series was late December. I had not had the bad headaches since then but still get side jaw pain which has lessened. Hope this helps.
For anyone interested in finding out more about prolotherapy, a good place to start is at www.getprolo.com - it's a free listing of prolotherapists around the country - I'm not promoting the advertisement of anyone in particular, just trying to give you some information. Please be sure you have an experienced physician do this treatment.
CathyK Thanks for your input. It sounds promising, even though my TMJ is severe, I haven't had any surgeries, and any relief would be good. I also found my Dr. on getprolo.com. He has treated many (didn't give me specific numbers because they were so numerous)TMJ patients, and has also taught the treatment to various Drs. & dentists. So I think I can count on him. I'll keep you all posted.
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bjo - There is hope out there. My TMJ is also in a chronic state and most of the disc has deteriorated per the MRI. I get prolo and neural therapy (both injections go into the TMJ, ligaments and trigger points) and I would not be as well as I am without them. As we all know, it's a slow process to heal but I am here to tell you that relief can be found. I am still dealing with the pain in the sides of the jaw, but moving forward. Please make sure anyone you see who is doing injections knows what they're doing and does them on a very regular basis.