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Acupuncture for resistant temporo-mandibular joint pain dysfunction syndrome
  1. Victor Ho, Registrar in Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery,
  2. Paul Bradley, Consultant Oral/Maxillofacial Surgeon
  1. The Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, London E1 1BB


    Four patients suffering from Temporo-Mandibular joint Pain Dysfunction Syndrome, who had proved resistant to conventional, conservative therapy, were treated with a combination of manual body-acupuncture, electroacupuncture to points on the face and laser therapy to ear points.

    Three of the patients showed marked improvement during the initial four weeks of treatment. The fourth did not complete the treatment course but none the less had improved by the two month follow up. All patients showed sustained relief over a six month period of follow up. It is suggested that acupuncture should be included among the first line, conservative therapies for this problem.

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