TMJD related pain affects up to 12% of the population alone and up to 24.8% of the population when including bruxism and chewing difficulty. This condition can be difficult to treat by conventional methods and is often chronic in nature. It is frequently associated with chronic daily headaches and neck pain. TMJ disorders are often either caused or aggravated by weakness of postural neck and shoulder girdle muscles.
A thorough examination is conducted on every patient. Structural deficits, restrictions, as well as muscle weakness and imbalances are identified. X-rays and state of the art Ultrasound technology are used for diagnosis of structural jaw abnormalities. Advanced imaging techniques such as MRI can be used for further assessment.
TMJ Disorder is a common source of headaches, ear, and neck pain.
A combination of ligamentous instability, cartilage degeneration and joint inflammation are typically the underlying cause.
OWM Integrative Wellness offers cutting effective treatments that include dextrose prolotherapy, PRP and peptide therapy to help the TMJ region heal naturally.
Ultrasound guided Prolozone injections of the TMJ joint can relieve pain and inflammation of arthritic joint. Frequently, TMJ is a victim of underlying ligamentous instability of the joint and joint meniscus that starts to shift and sublux with chewing. Dr. Kaplan utilizes a Hackett-Hamwall Method to treat the entire TMJ ligament, tendon, and meniscus complex to promote joint stabilization. Treatment of underlying TMJ instability frequently helps with headaches, facial, and ear pain. Unlike a more commonly used target specific approach where just a joint is injected, our technique restores stability to the areas around the injury. This not only allows for better healing of painful joint but prevents recurrence of breakdown of the area in the future.
Concentrated dextrose solution is the first line of our regenerative treatments. When injected around the ligaments and tendons of the TMJ, it promotes ligament regeneration and mild cartilage repair.
PRP (platelet rich plasma) is a stronger biocellular treatment. It promotes joint cartilage regeneration and repair of worn ligament and tendon. PRP Prolotherapy technique is used in more advanced arthritic and degenerative cases. It directly delivers growth factors in the damaged tissue and activates a signaling mechanism that stimulates body’s stem cell production and recruitment to the site of injury. Repair and new tissue growth occurs quickly and naturally.
Dr. Kaplan’s in-depth knowledge of peptide therapy allows him to stimulate repair and regeneration with specifically selected peptides. Tissue repairing peptides BPC and Thymosin beta 4 are used in the injection solutions and CJC/ Ipamorellin is often used to stimulate stem cell activity prior to the procedure.
These peptides stimulate and enhance, Dextrose prolotherapy, PRP and Stem cell’s regenerative potential.
Ultrasound guided approach ensures accurate and safe placement of regenerative solutions directly into the TMJ joint and surrounding injured tissues.
Dr Kaplan uses solutions that are natural and are extremely well tolerated.