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TMJ solutions for joint effusion

After 3 years of constant 24 hour pain in my facial muscles and jaw  have finally been diagnosed with TMJ issues.
I had an MRI which showed right joint effusion and limited anterior translation of the left mandibular condyle and disc on open mouth sequence.  I am waiting for a referral to a tmj/orofacial pain clinic.
I am wondering if anyone on here has had similar MRI results and can explain what this means and what they did for treatment.

Thanks,

Rhea
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Restricted range of motion of left  joint may be conservatively managed by manipulative therapy. If manual manipulation does not restore range of motion, you may need arthrocentesis treatment.
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Thanks so much for your comment I really appreciate it. I am having a hard time figuring out what all this means and the dentists where I live are clueless. What would manual manipulation consist of?
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Osteopath or chiropractor practitioner may be competent to perform tmj joint play.
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Hi, did you ever get a solution for the pain?

i too have had pain now for a year, i have had 3 MRI tests, the last one finding something, tried trigger point massage, acupuncture, meditation.

I have tried or on the following:

pregablin
baclofen
amitryline
lamatrogine
naproxen
co codamol
tramadol

any comments would be great
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I've found that dry needling and physical therapy can rework the muscles in the region, helping loosen what my therapist and I assume are adhesions and myofascial problems all around my left ear/cheek/jaw and even related to my left trapezius that was knotted up. The muscle involuntarily bent a needle that she placed in one of those knots because it was clenched up like a ping-pong ball. Nearly ruined from years of misuse and clenching, but fighting my way back. Resistance training with bands is part of it too.
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