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Summary of Acupuncture in Temporomandibular Disorders Painful Symptomatology

An Evidence-Based Case Report

Lia Dietrich, Igor Vinícius Santos Rodrigues, [...], and Gisele Rodrigues da Silva





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Title: Summary of Research Paper on "Acupuncture in Temporomandibular Disorders Painful Symptomatology: An Evidence-Based Case Report"


I. Introduction


This research paper titled "Acupuncture in Temporomandibular Disorders Painful Symptomatology: An Evidence-Based Case Report" aims to explore the efficacy of acupuncture as a complementary treatment for Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD). TMD is a complex condition that affects the temporomandibular joints, masticatory muscles, and associated structures of the head and neck. The paper highlights the need for alternative treatment options for TMD and investigates the potential benefits of acupuncture.


II. Methodology


The research design utilized in the study is a case report, specifically focusing on an individual with TMD. The data collection methods included clinical examination, occlusion evaluation, muscle palpation, and electromyography (EMG) tests. The patient underwent five acupuncture sessions based on traditional Chinese medicine principles and scientific evidence. The data collected from the EMG tests were analyzed using appropriate statistical analyses.


III. Results


The key findings of the research demonstrate the efficacy of acupuncture in managing the painful symptomatology of TMD. The patient experienced a significant reduction in pain scores, as measured by a visual analog scale (VAS). The EMG test results showed a decrease in muscular electrical activity after the acupuncture sessions. The acupoints selected for the treatment, including the use of trigger points, targeted the specific muscles affected by TMD.


IV. Discussion


Based on the results, the study concludes that acupuncture can be a complementary treatment option for TMD, providing pain relief and improving muscle activity. The findings align with previous research that supports the effectiveness of acupuncture in pain management. The paper discusses the implications of these findings in the context of TMD treatment and highlights the potential benefits of adopting a more individualized approach using acupuncture.


However, it is important to note that this study has limitations. It was based on a single case report, which restricts the generalizability of the findings. Further research with larger sample sizes and controlled designs is necessary to validate these results and explore the long-term effects of acupuncture on TMD.


V. Conclusion


In summary, this research paper on "Acupuncture in Temporomandibular Disorders Painful Symptomatology: An Evidence-Based Case Report" provides evidence supporting the use of acupuncture as a complementary treatment for TMD. The findings suggest that acupuncture can effectively manage the painful symptoms associated with TMD and improve muscle activity. However, further research is needed to confirm these findings and explore the broader implications in the field of TMD treatment.


Table 1: Electromyography test
Table 1: Electromyography test
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