By delivering targeted medication to the affected area, therapeutic injections can reduce inflammation, alleviate muscle spasms, and provide significant orofacial pain relief. Because the delivery methodology is very specific, injection therapy must be delivered by an expert in this type of treatment.
How They Work
Therapeutic injections precisely target the specific nerves, joints, or muscles responsible for the pain, providing direct and immediate relief. For many patients, therapeutic injections can also contribute to long-term pain management. Regular treatments can help maintain comfort levels and may even lead to improvements in underlying conditions. Therapeutic injections are often used in conjunction with other therapies to provide comprehensive treatment.
Unlike surgical interventions, therapeutic injections are generally minimally invasive. This means fewer risks and a quicker recovery time, allowing patients to return to their daily activities with minimal disruption. To learn more, read What to Expect Post-treatment: Therapeutic Injections.
The type of injectable prescribed varies based on the patient’s specific need or condition. Therapeutic injections may be covered by health insurance, depending on the individual’s diagnosis and details of their plan.
Botox is a specialized protein that temporarily weakens specific muscles, reducing excessive contractions that cause pain. It’s particularly useful for treating myofascial pain syndrome, TMJ disorders, migraines and tension headaches.
Nerve blocks interrupt the signals along specific nerves, providing immediate relief from acute or chronic pain conditions such as cluster headaches, migraines, trigeminal neuralgia and other nerve pain, and dental pain.
Steroid injections utilize anti-inflammatory medication to target inflammation within specific joints or tissues. They are effective for arthritis of the jaw joint, chronic headaches, and more.
Trigger Point Injections
These injections target painful areas known as trigger points within the muscles, relaxing the muscle and alleviating associated pain.
Platelet-Rich Fibrin (PRF) Injections
PRF treatment involves injecting stem cells into damaged tissues to promote the growth of new cells and tissues, which can help repair damage and reduce inflammation. It can be used to treat certain TMJ disorders.
Facial Pain Specialist providers are board certified in Orofacial Pain treatment, with extensive experience providing therapeutic injections. Generally offered in conjunction with other treatments and recommendations of lifestyle changes, therapeutic injections are part of our multifaceted approach to pain management.