A Novel Case of Orofacial Pain Treated by Dry Needling Technique - A Case ReportAsha V, Raj Kannan and Thanuja Raju Jacob*
Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, The Oxford Dental College and Hospital, Bommenhalli, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
- *Corresponding Author:
- Thanuja Raju Jacob, MDS
The Oxford Dental College and Hospital
Bommenhalli, Bangalore, Karnataka, India-560068
Tel: +91 9916872907
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: June 08, 2015; Accepted date: July 08, 2015; Published date: July 15, 2015
Citation: Asha V, Kannan R, Jacob TR (2015) A Novel Case of Orofacial Pain Treated by Dry Needling Technique - A Case Report. Dentistry 5:319. doi: 10.4172/2161-1122.1000319
Copyright: © 2015 Asha V, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Temporomandibular disorders (TMDs) are a subgroup of orofacial pain which cause a significant public health problem affecting approximately 5-12% of the population. TMD is manifested by pain, joint sounds, and limitation in jaw movement, muscle tenderness and joint tenderness. Myogenous TMDs are characterized by pain and dysfunction that arise from pathologic and functional process in the masticatory muscles. Myofascial trigger points are one of the diagnostic criteria for the most common pain related TMDs. The current case report highlights the importance of considering the posture, locating the myofascial trigger point within the muscles and the effectiveness of Dry Needling Technique in resolving non-odontogenic causes of orofacial pain.