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2019 Oct

J Dent Anesth Pain Med



Comparative evaluation of low-level laser therapy and ultrasound heat therapy in reducing temporomandibular joint disorder pain.


Khairnar S, Bhate K, S N S K, Kshirsagar K, Jagtap B, Kakodkar P
J Dent Anesth Pain Med. 2019 Oct; 19(5):289-294.
PMID: 31723669.


Pain, limitations in opening, asymmetrical jaw movements, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) sounds are the most common findings in temporomandibular joint disorders (TMDs), which causes excruciating pain, inflammation of the surrounding muscles, posterior fibers, and synovial fluid. This study aimed to evaluate and compare the effects of ultrasound heat therapy and low-level laser therapy (LLLT) in reducing TMD-related pain.