Five Things You Need To Know About Head and Neck Pain

Millions of Americans deal with chronic head and neck pain and find that there is very little they can do about it. They suffer daily with pain, take drugs and live a life that just isn’t what they deserve.

Fact 1: The fact that you have been unsuccessful in the past with treatment for your chronic pain does not mean that there is nothing else left to do. Over the last 30 years the treatment of chronic head and neck pain has dramatically changed.

Fact 2: Your head and neck pain may not be from your head or neck. Many patients suffering from head and neck pain don’t realize that the pain they are feeling may be a result of issues in other parts of the body. Trigger points are knots in muscles that can trigger pain in different parts of the body. This is a well documented fact first understood by Janet Travell. The following chart demonstrates that trigger points (X) radiating pain in the areas shown in red.headache_triggerpoint

Fact 3: Head and neck pain can come from the temporomandibular joint, the joint that holds moves your lower jaw. Millions of people suffer with TMJ pain. This condition very often resembles a wide variety of head pain and is oftentimes misdiagnosed as migraine, cluster or other types of headaches.

Fact 4: The only treatment for TMJ pain is bite plates and/or long term medication. Totally not true. This was the only treatment 30+ years ago but that all changes with the introduction of our current, non-invasive, pain-free treatments that take a great deal of their success from the success of Sports and Rehabilitation Medicine.

Fact 5: It may just be your bite! A common misconception is that TMJ pain is only caused by either stress, grinding (bruxism) or both. Sure, these conditions contribute to the problem but in reality a ‘bad bite’ is a more important component than ever thought before. In the past there was very little a dentist could do to test the bite for inaccuracies. Today, we use a computerize instrument called a TScan to accurately determine forces and timing of the bite hopefully being able to treat problems before they become a long term, chronic issue.

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If you are suffering from long term, chronic head, neck and/or TMJ pain please give us a call today at 877-626-0969 so we can talk further.