In a correct management of facial pain and TMJ disorders, we have to consider at least 3 pathologies: myofacial pain syndromes, temporomandibular joint disorders, internal derangement. Many times these 3 pathologies are tightly joined each other. According to the disease the chosen treatment is different: myophysiotherapy, orthopedic surgery, meniscectomy, etc. but many times pain is the main problem for the patient. Besides pharmacological treatment (non-narcotic analgesics, sedatives, carbamazepine, etc.), electical currents and acupuncture are used to relieve the pain. We are elevating the effects of TENS and electroacupuncture on the pain and on 2 muscles of mastication (masseter and temporalis). To assess the intensity of the pain before and after treatment the VAS (visual analogue scale) is used; to cheeck the changes in the muscular activity we are using an EMG. Our preliminary results show the effectiveness of these methods in the antalgic response and muscular balance but with different characteristics.

Tens,electroacupuncture and EMG in TMJ disorders. Preliminary report

CUTILLI, Tommaso
1995

Abstract

In a correct management of facial pain and TMJ disorders, we have to consider at least 3 pathologies: myofacial pain syndromes, temporomandibular joint disorders, internal derangement. Many times these 3 pathologies are tightly joined each other. According to the disease the chosen treatment is different: myophysiotherapy, orthopedic surgery, meniscectomy, etc. but many times pain is the main problem for the patient. Besides pharmacological treatment (non-narcotic analgesics, sedatives, carbamazepine, etc.), electical currents and acupuncture are used to relieve the pain. We are elevating the effects of TENS and electroacupuncture on the pain and on 2 muscles of mastication (masseter and temporalis). To assess the intensity of the pain before and after treatment the VAS (visual analogue scale) is used; to cheeck the changes in the muscular activity we are using an EMG. Our preliminary results show the effectiveness of these methods in the antalgic response and muscular balance but with different characteristics.
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