San Francisco Center for TMJ and Sleep Apnea

The Effectiveness of Trigger Point Injections for TMD

Trigger Point Injections San Francisco

Are you suffering from dizziness, earaches, jaw pain, or other causes of discomfort? While many people experience these symptoms, they might also suffer from chronic fatigue, irritability, ringing of the ears (tinnitus), difficulty swallowing, and other symptoms associated with temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD). These pain cases often go unrecognized in your family doctor’s office because their standard of training does not often require them to learn about the relationship between teeth, jawbones, and the alignment of the jaws to the rest of the body.

By visiting San Francisco Center of TMJ and Sleep Apnea, we can help you find relief from your jaw pain and discomfort through the availability of trigger point injection therapy. Let’s take a look at how this treatment option works.

What are Trigger Point Injections?

With this form of therapy, knots, or trigger points, are broken up in order to provide relieve from muscle fatigue, strain, injury and overuse, including teeth grinding or clenching. Trigger points can often remain dormant and not produce any symptoms. However, once the trigger points become active, they are capable of producing intense muscle pain.

Trigger point injections cause pain reduction and relaxation in muscle groups. This is particularly true for muscle groups that refer pain from one specific area to other areas of the head, neck, and even the upper shoulder areas. In order to relieve pain, small quantities of an anesthetic and anti-inflammatory medication will be injected directly into the painful, sore, tense, inflamed, stiff muscle groups.

In order for trigger point injections to be successful, it is important to utilize a series of injections. Treatment sessions can be spaced weekly, with about three to four total sessions to take place for proper relief from TMD pain. Patients who suffer from debilitating effects of jaw pain benefit greatly from the use of trigger point injection therapy. With the availability of trigger point injections, combined with other forms of treatment, long-term management of TMD is in sight.

Contact San Francisco TMJ and Sleep Specialist Dr. Larson and his team to learn more about trigger point injection therapy for the treatment and management of TMD, and other sources of pain.

To Learn More About TMJ And Sleep Apnea Solutions Or To Schedule An Appointment, Please Call Or Text San Francisco TMJ And Sleep Specialist Dr. Larson Today 415-872-5116

San Francisco Dentist Dr. Greg Larson
San Francisco Center for TMJ & Sleep Apnea

450 Sutter Street, Suite 1519
San Francisco, CA 94108

p. 415-872-5116

f. 415-449-3560

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BrookeSan Francisco
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Dr. Larson and his team are seriously great people. I've dealt with years of chronic migraines, neck pain, and some other issues pointing to TMD. Rachelle was so sweet and helpful and so willing to answer all of my questions. Dr. Larson did a free consult with me even with knowing I was moving out of state and not able to go through treatment with him. He pointed me in the right direction and referred me to another specialist and I'm just super grateful and hopeful that I am finally on the right path to recovery!
KinneraSan Francisco
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I went to consult with Dr. Larson about my TMJ disorder. He was very attentive, did a full exam and has given me great information about my TMJ disorder and has come up with a comprehensive plan to treat my TMJ pain. His office is great and they have always been available and quickly respond to any questions I have. Dr Larson is very amicable and friendly and competent and passionate about what he does. I highly recommend this practice for anyone who wants to get relieved of their TMJ pain and other related issues such as tinitus. His and his team help you feel comfortable and at ease. Very clean office and the staff are so professional and very nice people. Great customer service. I’m in great hands.
AllenSan Francisco
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Dr. Larson and his staff are incredible. His attention to detail and truly listening to your symptoms made all the difference in my diagnosis and treatment recommendations. After just one night of wearing the appliance I felt more refreshed and energetic than I had in 20 years. It's amazing how much better my wife sleeps when I wear the appliance also 😉 Their office is clean, modern and the staff makes scheduling an appointment effortless. Thanks for all of the amazing care Dr. Larson!