More and more often, patients are coming to us with questions about the use of CBD oil to treat certain types of pain. Many of our patients have experienced some migraine relief with CBD oil, but about for pain associated with a TMJ disorder?
Recent studies show TMJ patients may experience a benefit as well.
What Is TMJ/TMD?
The temporomandibular joint is a complex system of muscles, ligaments, discs, and bones that connect the upper and lower jaws. The joint acts as the hinge responsible for moving the lower jaw forward, backward, and side-to-side.
If you suffer from TMD, you may experience the following symptoms likes headaches/migraines, popping or clicking of the jaw, pain when chewing or talking, bite misalignment, muscle tenderness in the jaw.
There is no exact cause for TMD because there are many signs and symptoms. This can make the condition hard to diagnose. During a consultation visit at Pasadena Pain Management, I will make a proper diagnosis by taking a complete medical history and conducting a clinical examination. This may also include x-rays.
Traditional Treatments for TMD
Treating TMD can be as difficult as diagnosing it. While there is no single cure, we may recommend one of the following:
- Adjusting the bite forces in the mouth to correct misalignment
- Reducing the amount of grinding and clenching of teeth during the day and at night
- Over-the-counter medications for pain relief
What Role Does CBD Oil Play?
It’s clear that patients want more natural alternatives to synthetic medications. CBD oil just may be one of those alternatives.
CBD oil, or cannabidiol, is a chemical that occurs naturally in the cannabis plant. The CBD is extracted from the plant and separated from the most active ingredient in cannabis, delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). While THC is considered a mind-altering chemical, CBD is not psychoactive. Instead, it produces effects in the body that target certain receptors and provide natural pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties.
CBD oil has been shown to relieve the pain caused by TMD by easing muscle tension and reducing inflammation. The best benefit of CBD oil is its direct pain relief. By applying the oil directly to the sore areas, you can experience pain relief in just minutes. While results may vary from person to person, CBD oil is indeed a promising natural alternative to prescription medications for TMJ pain.
(RELATED: 4 Hidden Warning Signs of a TMJ Disorder)
Are You Ready for a Consultation?
If you have questions about how to maintain and reduce your TMJ pain, working with an experienced medical professional can help you start down the road to relief. Pasadena Pain Management can help. With more than 40 years of treating patients with TMJ and craniofacial pain I can provide you with treatments to reduce your pain and enhance your quality of life.
Schedule your FREE consultation today online, or give us a call: 626-773-8333.
About Pasadena Pain Management
Pasadena Pain Management offers pain management treatment Pasadena, CA. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Pasadena Pain Management, we offer the exclusive TruDenta treatment therapy — a highly specialized form of care that involves cutting-edge dental technology, without needles or injections. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable pain management care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping our patients happy and pain free.