FAQ: Can CBD Oil Help My TMJ Pain?
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.
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.
FAQ: Can CBD Oil Help My TMJ Pain? 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
CBD Is Effective for Relaxing Jaw Muscles in TMJ
In the last year, Michigan, along with many other states in the US, instituted laws allowing people to use CBD oil without falling under the restrictions of the states medical marijuana code. CBD, cannabidiol, is one of the most common components of extract from marijuana plants, but it doesn’t have the same narcotic effects as some of the other extracts, most notably tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Although it doesn’t possess these narcotic effects, widespread adoption of CBD for medicinal purposes has expanded. But just how effective is CBD? In many cases, we don’t know. But we do know that it’s quite effective in at least one case, as a muscle relaxant for TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) patients.
Muscles Cause Most TMJ Pain
Finding good ways to treat TMJ-related muscle pain is important because most instances of TMJ-related pain in the jaw, face, neck, and elsewhere are related to sore muscles.
The problem in TMJ is often that the teeth, joints, and muscles aren’t in harmony. When the teeth come together, the jaw muscles are stressed, not relaxed. This makes the jaw muscles strain, trying to find a more relaxed position. The short-term result is sore muscles, but over time, the teeth and jaw joints can be damaged. Thus, relaxing the muscles not only controls short-term symptoms, but prevents long-term damage that is difficult to repair.
CBD Oil Effective on Tense Muscles
To test the muscle relaxant properties of CBD oil, researchers selected 60 patients who met the RDC/TMD (Research Diagnostic Criteria for Temporomandibular Disorders). These patients were divided into two groups with comparable average age (23.2 years vs. 22.6 years). Group 1 received CBD oil formula for topical use. Group 2 received a placebo.
Researchers measured muscle tension before treatment and after 14 days of treatment, using electromyography. People also rated their pain intensity using a 10-point scale. The results showed that people responded better to the CBD application than the placebo. In Group 1, muscle tension reduced 11% on the left and 13% on the right, compared to 0.23% and 3.3%, respectively, for the placebo group.
Reduced muscle tension also led to reduced pain. In the treatment group, patients reported a 70% decrease in pain, compared to less than 10% for the placebo group.
Chemical and Drug-Free Relief
While there are some people who will welcome this news, many others won’t see much benefit here. After all, we already have many drug-based solutions to TMJ pain. There are medications, ranging from over-the-counter medications to opioids, and there are chemical treatments like botulinum tox in injections. These treatments are all effective to some degree, but they don’t address the root cause of the problem, and they call come with various side effects associated with introducing chemicals into your body.
However, we offer drug-free TMJ treatment. Our highly effective approach helps people who want to get relief from pain and other symptoms without taking medications or drugs. We also work to address the root cause of your problem. We start by finding the optimal relaxed position for your jaw, and give you an oral splint to hold your jaw in that position to reduce muscle tension and pain.
If you wish, we can even build your teeth up so they will do the job of holding your jaw in a relaxed position.
If you are interested in learning more about chemical and drug-free treatment of TMJ pain in the Detroit area, please call (248) 480-0085 today for an appointment with TMJ dentist Dr. Jeffrey S. Haddad at the Michigan Center for TMJ Therapy & Sleep Wellness in Troy, MI.
After last year when the state of Michigan allowed CBD oil to be legal, many companies are looking at how it can help relieve your pain.