Neuromuscular Physiological Treatment in a Patient with Headache and Pain in the Temporomandibular Joints. Case report without possibility of Disc Recapture: first and second phase.

 

I often observe the debate on etiology and therapeutics, especially in TMJ dysfunction discussions groups, which are integrated by patients and professionals. These groups are active not only in Brazil but in several countries and communities from around the world.

I hope this space will add, strengthen or clarify those discussions.

The professional who treats patients with TMJ pathology has to take into account, at the moment of studying the clinical case, the patient’s particularities and the anatomical structures that are involved and provoking pain and affliction to our patient.

Even if the professional is scrupulous, evolutions can be different from patient to patient. That is why the professional has to investigate carefully which are the structures that can improve or even heal and which are the ones that cannot improve or still which ones we do not know if can be improved in the process of treatment.

Recognizing what we do not know is perhaps more important than recognizing  what we do know: and the communication of this understanding to the patient is essential.

When we start a treatment we must be certain of the structures we can meliorate, or even prevent of getting worse  and we also must know which structures  we DO NOT HAVE THE CONDITION TO MELIORATE and we certainly must communicate that to the patient. Within this framework, the most important thing is to investigate if  we can improve the quality of life of the patient.

1 FOTO FRONTAL

Female patient with 45 years old arrives to the clinic for consultation suffering from headache every day, also suffering from neck pain and pain in the back of the neck, pain in both temporomandibular joints and severe pain on the shoulders.

Pain is more intense on the left side.

2 FOTO PERFIL - Copia

The patient reports a sensation of plugged ears and hearing decrease which was confirmed by an audiometry that refers normal hearing at  4KHZ and a severe sensorineural hearing loss at 6 KHZ and moderate at 8 KHz in the right ear.

The left ear has normal hearing thresholds.

The patient presents a buzzing in the left ear, and peculiar noises.

3 DENTES INICIAIS - Copia

Patient’s habitual occlusion in the consultation day. Note patient’s overbite.

The patient reports that she wakes up with pain in the teeth, because of clenching.

4 OCLUSAIS INICIAIS - Copia

Patient’s upper and lower oclusal view before treatment. Note the wear of the lower anterior teeth. The patient states that have made maxillary anterior teeth reconstruction with resin due to attrition caused by bruxism.

5 PANORAMICA INICIAL - Copia

Patient’s panoramic radiograph before treatment. Absence of teeth 18,28,48.

Tooth 38 in a horizontal position, impacted

Reabsorption of the alveolar ridges.

6 LAMINOGRAFIA INICIAL - Copia

Radiographic image of the right and left temporomandibular joints in closed and open mouth. Flattening of the anterior superior and posterior superior surface of the left articular process.

7 TELEPERFIL

Patient’s lateral radiograph in habitual occlusion before treatment. Rectification of the cervical spine.

8 FRONTAL

Patient’s frontal radiograph in habitual occlusion before treatment.

9 C7

Patient’s lateral radiograph and cervical spine in habitual occlusion before treatment. Rectification of the cervical spine.

10 abre e fecha inicial

Patient’s computerized kinesiographic record before treatment. Patient without mouth opening restriction. Decreased closing speed, typical graph of an incisal guide that interferes with the closing trajectory.

11 RNM INICIAL DIREITA FECH

Sagittal slices of the right closed TMJ. The mandible heads presents irregularities and cortical and subcortical sclerosis. Degenerative process.

The right articular disc shows small size, change in signal intensity and degenerative morphostructural aspect. It is anteriorly displaced.

11B RNM INICIAL aberta dir

Sagittal slices of the right open TMJ. The articular disc shows small size, is anteriorly displaced WITHOUT REDUCTION WHEN THE MOUTH OPENS.

12 RNM INICIAL DIR FECH

Another sagittal internal slice of the right closed TMJ showing cortical bone irregularities. Degenerative aspect.

The articular disc shows small size, change in signal intensity and degenerative morphostructural aspect. It is anteriorly displaced, WITHOUT REDUCTION WHEN THE MOUTH OPENS.

12B RNM INICIAL aberta dir

Another sagittal slice of the right open TMJ. The articular disc shows small size, is anteriorly displaced WITHOUT REDUCTION WHEN THE MOUTH OPENS.

13 RNM INICIAL esquerda FEC

Sagittal slices of the left closed TMJ. Mild contours irregularity with rectification of the superior aspect of the mandibular condyle. The articular disc presents reduced dimensions.Alteration in orientation of the mandibular condilar axis because of traumatism in infancy. The disc is anteriorly displaced, WITH REDUCTION WHEN THE MOUTH OPENS.

14B RNM INICIAL esquerda aberta

Sagittal slice of the left open TMJ. THE DISC REDUCES WHEN THE MOUTH OPENS.

15 frontais iniciais

Frontal slice of the right and left temporomandibular joints, closed mouth. Note the cortical discontinuity on the right side already registered in the sagittal sections of the same side. The left side shows a medial disc deviation.

16 REGISTRO INICIAL

The masticatory muscles of the patient were electronically deprogrammed and a DIO (intraoral device) was constructed in neurophysiological position. In other publications computerized kinesiographic methods were mentioned.

In occlusion most often the healthy or pathological condition of the inter-oclusal space is not objectively considered. In this case the pathological free space of the patient is almost 7, 4 mm

16A ortese inicial so frontal

With this data and ALWAYS WITH THE INFORMATION OF THE IMAGES OBTAINED WITH THE MRI, we built a DIO (intraoral device) to keep the three-dimensionally recorded position.

One year after the beginning of neurophysiological treatment, the patient had to interrupt the treatment to undergo a spine surgery.

The patient returned 10 months after the interval, recovered from the intervention. The patient was  then again documented to assess any changes that might have happened during the interruption and the spine surgery.

17 FOTO frontal reinicio de tratamento 1

Patient’s postural comparative frontal images: before treatment and restarting therapeutic after the spine surgery.

18 FOTO PERFIL reinicio de tratamento 2

Patient’s postural profil comparative images: before treatment and restarting therapeutic after the spine surgery.

19 ORTESE REINICIO DE TRATAMENTO

The masticatory muscles of the patient were AGAIN electronically deprogrammed and NEW DIO (intraoral device) was built in neurophysiological position.

20 PANORAMICA COM ORTESE

Patient’s panoramic radiograph with the DIO (intraoral device) built in neurophysiological position.

21 LAMINOGRAFIA COM ORTESE

Patient’s right and left temporomandibular joints laminography  in closed and open mouth  with the DIO built in neurophysiological position.

22 TELEPERFIL COM ORTESE

Patient’s lateral radiograph with the DIO built in neurophysiological position.

23 C7 COM ORTESE

Patient’s lateral and cervical spine radiograph with the DIO built in neurophysiological position.

PATIENT’S ANALYSIS AT THIS STAGE OF THE TREATMENT.

Patient with degenerative processes not only in the temporomandibular  joints but also in the cervical spine and lumbar spine which led her to surgery.

Inability to recapture of the right TMJ disk. Whereby this was an objective that was not taken into account.

Remission of symptoms and improvement of  life quality.

Physiological mandibular posture, recovery of free space interocclusal through the DIO (Intraoral device).

In this particular case even WITHOUT DISC RECAPTURE (CONDITION THAT WAS EXPLAINED IN THE DIAGNOSIS)  the patient can pass into the second phase, always taking into account that we should protect the joint during the night and during physical activity.

Each case is unique and the decision to move to a second phase also needs an individualized study.

It was decided to begin the SECOND PHASE of treatment to remove the DIO (intraoral device), keeping the neurophysiological occlusion.

26 orto 1

For this we used a three-dimensional orthodontics, where the teeth are erupted in order to reach the new neurophysiological position.

27 orto 2

In the second phase, in this case the three-dimensional orthodontic the patient is monitored and electronically deprogrammed. The device is often  recalibrated or replaced, to maintain the position obtained in the first phase.

28 orto 3

In the second phase, in this case the three-dimensional orthodontic the patient is monitored and electronically deprogrammed. The device is often recalibrated or replaced, to maintain the position obtained in the first phase.

In this sequence the patient is still with the DIO (intraoral device)  in the mouth.

29 retirada da ortese

Removal of the DIO (intra oral device)

30 orto final

Completion of the second phase of the neurophysiological treatment in this case with a three-dimensional orthodontics. 

The second phase is here understood as the three- dimensional orthodontics, restorative, prosthetic procedures in accordance with each clinical case in order to remove the DIO, while maintaining the neurophysiological position obtained in the first phase.

31 oclusais finais

Patient’s upper and lower oclusal views after completion of the three-dimensional orthodontics.

32 LAMINOGRAFIA final

Patient’s right and left temporomandibular joints laminography in closed and open mouth  in neurophysiological position after finalization of the treatment.

33 panoramica  final

Patient’s panoramic radiograph in neurophysiological occlusion in the completion of treatment. The tooth 38 that was in a horizontal and impacted position was extracted since the patient had no more symptoms of joint pain.

34 TELEPERFIL final

Patient’s lateral radiograph in neurophysiological occlusion in the completion of the second phase of neurophysiological treatment.

NOVA RESSONANCIAS FINAIS

Temporomandibular joints MRI after de finalization of the second phase.

We must remember that this is a patient with degenerative processes and impossibility of recapture of the right TMJ disc, the left disk is so damaged that it does not fulfill its function.

The patient no longer has symptoms.

The final MRI shows no worsening of the situation and in the frontal slice it shows a better three-dimensional location of the mandibular condyle and cortical improvement.

36 B radiog laterais comparativas menor

Patient’s lateral comparative radiographs: at the beginning of treatment in habitual occlusion, during treatment after the spine surgery interruption with the DIO (intraoral device) in neurophysiological occlusion and after completion of the three-dimensional orthodontics in neurophysiological occlusion.

35 registro COMPARATIVOS

Comparative records of mandibular rest position at the beginning of the treatment to build the DIO (intraoral device), and at the end of the second phase of the treatment (tridimensional orthodontics) to build a DIO (intraoral device) for night use.

Notice that in the beginning of the treatment the patient had a pathological interocclusal space of 7.4mm, and in the record at the end of the second phase for the nocturne DIO the patient has 3.3mm of free interocclusal space.

We have to take into account that  the free interocclusal space IS A THREE-DIMENSIONAL SPACE, AND WHEN WE HAVE STRUCTURAL DIFFERENCES IN THE JOINTS, THE SPACE IS NOT EQUAL ON THE RIGHT AND THE LEFT SIDE.

35 iimagens comparativas de perfil

Patient’s  comparative profil postural images: at the beginning of treatment in habitual occlusion, during treatment after the spine surgery and treatment interruption with the DIO (intraoral device) in neurophysiological occlusion and after completion of the three-dimensional orthodontics in neurophysiological occlusion.

36 iimagens comparativas frontais

Patient’s frontal comparative postural images: at the beginning of treatment in habitual occlusion, during treatment after the spine surgery and treatment interruption with the DIO (intraoral device) in neurophysiological occlusion and after completion of the three-dimensional orthodontics in neurophysiological occlusion.

37 DEPOIMENTO

I had made several appointments with specialists, such as otorhinolaryngologist, dentists and maxilo-facial surgeons. However, all of them were without success and that is when I looked for Dr. Lidia to whom I reported the following symptoms.

I used to wake up every day with a lot of pain on the left side, both in the head and neck and I used to feel a rigidity on the neck and shoulder. In that time I used to take painkillers every single day in the morning. I also used to suffer of a serious problem of bruxism and because of that I wore out my front teeth, both the upper and lower teeth, and I had to restore them. I used to feel a lot of pain from the tremendous pressure that I used to make between the lower and upper part of my mouth. Another symptom was the high sensitivity on the teeth when I drank cold liquids. I felt as my ears were always blocked in such a way that my hearing decreased. I also used to hear a noise, especially on the left side, which sounded like a continuous whistle.

38 DEPOIMENTO

I also told the doctor that when I was a child I was hit with a brick, in the middle of a child’s play.

After reporting all that she asked me to make many exams and many of them were made in the MY Clinic and finally she told me that I had a problem in the TMJ. I started a treatment with her in 2011. I started to use an acrylic splint on my lower teeth day and night, all the time, taking it of only for its hygiene.

The pain that I used to feel so much decreased and in short time I did not feel it any more. Doctor Lidia had to adjust the orthotic monthly, making exams in her clinic until it reached the optimal height. On the next year from when I started the treatment I had to interrupt it for 8 or 10 months because I had to make a column surgery but I returned to the treatment as soon as I was well enough. I kept on treatment for one more year and after that I started the second part of the treatment with braces.

39 DEPOIMENTO

At the time that the treatment ended I did not need to use any more braces nor the full time orthotic. Today I need to use the orthotic only when I do physical activities and to sleep. I never again felt the horrible pain that I used to feel. I also never felt again the sensation of having blocked ears and happily the noise reduced. Today I am very happy that I do not have to take daily painkillers and that I do not have any pain. I am very grateful to doctor Lidia because she discovered and solved my problem.

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4 thoughts on “Neuromuscular Physiological Treatment in a Patient with Headache and Pain in the Temporomandibular Joints. Case report without possibility of Disc Recapture: first and second phase.

  1. Muy interesante el enfoque que relaciona la postura mandibular-TMJ-postura general con los síntomas del síndrome cráneo mandibular.
    Estimada Dra. Nos seria muy grato establecer contacto con Usted y su equipo para seguir intercambiando conocimientos.
    Soy la Profesora del área Ortopedia DMF del Instituto Centro de estudios de las Disgnacias del Uruguay el cual otorga el título de Especialista en ortodoncia y Ortopedia. En nuestra área trabajamos con niños y adolescentes y aplicamos los fundamentos de la Rehabilitación Neuro oclusal del Dr. Pedro Planas. Pero también se desarrolla la clínica de ortodoncia en adultos donde seria de mucha utilidad su sistema de diagnóstico y tratamiento.
    La invito a leer nuestra reciente revista electronica: http://www.reiuceddu.com.uy , asimismo participar de ella con algun aporte de su parte.

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