A custom orthotic is only one facet of treatment for TMJ and corresponding facial pain. To maximize your care and results, we provide many treatment options at our Fort Collins office in conjunction with appliance therapy including ozone therapy, prolo therapy, neural therapy and laser therapy:
Ozone Therapy – Ozone is a particular form of oxygen. In normal atmospheric oxygen, these molecules have two atoms, but the ozone we create has three atoms. The gas is injected into the Temporamnadibular Joints or muscles to stimulate healing as healthy cells in the body need and love oxygen. When your cells have sufficient oxygen and nutrients, they manufacture an enzyme coating around themselves which protect against invasion or infection. Cells that are deprived of oxygen become weaker and are more vulnerable. There are many applications of Ozone in medicine, read more to see if Ozone Therapy is right for you.
Prolo Therapy – Prolo is short for proliferation, because the treatment causes the growth and formation of new ligament tissue in areas where it has become weak. The treatment is useful for many different types of musculoskeletal pain, including arthritis, back pain, neck pain, fibromyalgia, sports injuries, unresolved whiplash injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic tendonitis, partially torn tendons, ligaments and cartilage, degenerated or herniated discs, TMJ and sciatica. The ligaments are the structural “rubber bands” that hold bones to bones in joints. Ligaments can become weak or injured and may not heal back to their original strength or endurance. This is largely because the blood supply to ligaments is limited, and therefore healing is slow and not always complete. To further complicate this, ligaments also have many nerve endings and therefore the person will feel pain at the areas where the ligaments are damaged or loose. Tendons are the name given to tissue which connects muscles to bones, and in the same manner tendons may also become injured, and cause pain. Prolo Therapy uses a dextrose (sugar water) solution, which is injected into the ligament or tendon where it attaches to the bone. This causes a localized inflammation in these weak areas which then increases the blood supply and flow of nutrients and stimulates the tissue to repair itself.
Neural Therapy – Neural Therapy is based on the theory that trauma can produce long-standing disturbances in the electrochemical function of tissues. Among the types of tissues affected by trauma include scars, nerves or a cluster of nerves called ganglions. We use different injections to diagnose and treat pain disorders and headaches.
Laser Therapy – The FDA-cleared low level laser therapy (LLLT) technology is applied with a hand-held applicator providing targeted super pulsed laser light that stimulates cell regeneration. Laser treatment is a 400mw, 810 Infra red, therapeutic healing laser used to reduce pain and help release muscle or tendon trigger points that are tender to palpation. The laser wand is placed externally or intra orally in a specific place on the muscle or tendon. As the patient, you are the best advocate for your well-being. Wherever you go, make sure you check the provider’s background, continuing education and tools available to properly diagnose and treat your condition.
Ultrasound – A therapeutic treatment modality that stimulates and warms the tissue beneath the skin’s surface using very high frequency sound waves. Benefits include:
- Speeding up the healing process from the increase in blood flow in the treated area.
- Decrease in pain from the reduction of swelling and edema.
- Gentle massage of muscles tendons and ligaments in the treated area because no strain is added and any scar tissue is softened.