Acupuncture and Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD)

Acupuncture and Temporomandibular Disorder

Participants included patients suffering from trigeminal neuralgia or temporomandibular disorder (TMD) with osseous pathology ruled out by panoramic X-rays. Participants received a series of 8–10 weekly acupuncture treatments and rated their pain via a visual analogue scale.

A Study shows:

From the assessment of a total of 39 patients, analysis of pain severity before and after treatment showed that acupuncture intervention was highly beneficial for patients with the temporomandibular joint disorder (88.6%, p < 0.01), compared with patients with trigeminal neuralgia in which there was only a minor effect (25%). The data also demonstrated that acupuncture was both efficacious in acute patients (91%, p < 0.01) and chronic patients (70%, p < 0.05) and elicited no side effects during the course of treatment. Acupuncture treatment was a safe and efficient methodology for relieving the pain of patients suffering from the temporomandibular disorder with no detectable osseous joint component. Based on these results, a randomized clinical trial is being initiated at the Stomatologic Clinic at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center to assess the role of acupuncture in treating the temporomandibular joint disorder.

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