has been the number one pain problem in the United States and a
major cause of suffering and absenteeism from work and school. Over
50 million Americans suffer from headaches but the outlook for the
future has certainly improved. In recent years dramatic advances
in research and treatment have given doctors the ability to relieve
the endless suffering of patients with head pain. The focus is now
on finding and treating the cause of the headache rather than writing
a prescription for pain medication. The medications that we do use
are often replacements or additions to our body's chemical imbalances.
There is little reason today why patients should continue to suffer
when so many successful treatment methods are available.
Headaches are one of the most frequent symptoms of patients with
TMD. Nearly 80% of the TMD patients in our practice report headache
among their chief complaints. The two most important steps in the
evaluation of a headache are to take a comprehensive history and
perform a thorough physical examination. Some headaches may be a
warning sign of serious systemic disorders. This must be ruled out
before initiating treatment for TMD related headaches.
of the more common headaches we see include:
Tension-type ( muscle)
Headaches resulting from flexion-extension
(whiplash) type of injury
Headaches from dental causes such as tooth grinding, clenching,
or a high bite If you think that your headache may be related
to a temporomandibular disorder click on TMD
to find out more.