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Conditions Which Can Benefit from Laser Therapy
Muscle Sprains including Groin Pulls and Hamstring Tears
Ligaments Strains including Medial and Lateral Collateral Ligament Injuries / Anterior and Posterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries
Injuries of the Knee Meniscus
Shoulder and Hip Bursitis
TMJ Dysfunction:: Class IV High Power Laser Therapy (HPLT) Treatment
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD)
The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is the hinge that connects the lower jaw (mandible) to the bones of the skulls. Joint and muscle dysfunction of the jaw is called Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD).
Typically, symptoms are caused or aggravated by clenching or grinding of teeth. The initial cause may be associated with trauma (such as injury to the neck or head) or developmental factors. However, the condition becomes more serious when the disc (soft cushion) between the ball and socket of the joint begins to develop a form of arthritis called Degenerative Disc Disease.
Why TMJ Disorders Are Such a Chronic Problem
1. TMJ Dysfuction chronically irritates the outer surface of the damaged disc (annulus) causing it to become hard and brittle. Over time the progressively Dehydrated Disc becomes displaced. Displacement of the disc causes the joint to move abnormally which often leads to chronic inflammation and pain.
2. TM Joint Dysfunction tends to irritate adjacent muscles leading to Chronic Jaw Muscle Spasm.
3. These chronically contracted (or tightened) muscles pinch off their own blood supply. A disrupted blood supply prevents the spasmed muscles from receiving adequate amounts of oxygen, glucose and nutrients. Without this fuel the injured cells cannot manufacture the energy to heal.
Anatomy:: Temporomandibular Disc
The fibers that make up the outer layer of the disc (the annulus) are highly pain sensitive. Swollen by inflammation, the disc cannot assist the movement of the joint. Because of this, the joint and attached muscles become impaired. This impairment causes the inflammation and pain to spread. Headaches, spasm and locking of the joint become increasingly common symptoms.
Standard Medical Treatment of TMJ Dysfunction
Temporamandibular Disorders (TMD) and Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Dysfunctions are typically treated with dental splints, physical therapy, night guards, pain killers and anti-inflammatory medications. Some people get temporary relief utilizing these approaches. Others are warned they may need surgery or years of orthodontic care to correct their specific condition. These extreme measures were once required because, until recently, no technology existed that could restore the health of the disc. TMJ Disc Restoration is now possible with the use of the revolutionary, new High Power Laser Technology.
Disc Restoration with the Avicenna Laser
Many sufferers of Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction are able to attain a permanent correction of their TMJ problem by first healing the damaged disc and the nerves that surround the joint. Repair of these structures can often be accomplished with the use of High Power Laser Therapy.
High Power Laser Therapy re-establishes blood flow to the disc and directly delivers energy into the oxygen deprived cells within the disc. As the disc softens and repositions itself, the nerves that infuse the wrapping around the disc (annulus) stop sending out distress (pain) signals. This allows pain-free movement of the jaw.
High Power Laser Works to Correct TMJ Dysfunction / TMD
Traditional therapies (exercise, ultrasound and medication) rely on the blood stream to send repair nutrients and raw materials the cells need to manufacture energy. But these methods have only limited success because the circulatory pathways are often blocked by ongoing inflammation and muscular spasm.
Avicenna High Power Laser Therapy bypasses the blood stream and delivers laser energy directly into the cells and adjacent muscles. The mitochondria (the power house of the cell) convert laser energy into biological energy. The focused light energy is then used by the tissue to repair itself. As the tissue heals, the inflammation subsides and the natural flow of oxygenated, nutrient-rich blood is re-established allowing for long-term improvement.
With all the components of healing in place, permanent restoration of the TMJ Disc and return of muscle function is possible. Laser Therapy directs the healing energy into the body using two pathways.
Two Healing Mechanisms Using High Power Laser Therapy:
Call our office at (949) 857-1888 to find out if Class IV High Power Laser Therapy can help you.
Orange County Laser Pain Relief - Orange County, CA
14150 Culver Drive, Suite 103 • Irvine, California 92604 • phone: (949) 857-1888.
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