If you suffer from chronic headaches that have perplexed your primary doctor, it is possible that the real source of your pain is temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD / TMJ). This condition occurs when your jaw’s ball-and-socket joint is misaligned or displaced. Since your jaw joint is intimately linked with the muscles, tendons, and nerves of your back and neck, a wide range of painful symptoms can result from even a minor displacement.
TMD headaches often feel just like migraines, but they are actually tension headaches, brought on by muscle stress in your neck, face, and back. Since any tension that occurs in one muscle radiates to other muscles, these headaches can worsen over time and interrupt your daily life in significant ways.
Neuromuscular dentists like Dr. Strober are specially trained in the diagnosis and treatment of TMD. Patients who suffer from chronic headaches may benefit from scheduling a TMD consultation and being treated with our office’s TENS unit (Transcutaneous Electrical Neuro Stimulation). This device will relax your jaw muscles with a series of gentle electrical impulses, allowing your jaw to settle into a more natural position. Not only will you experience potential relief from your symptoms, but Dr. Strober will be able to objectively assess whether or not you have TMD, and develop a long-term treatment plan to help you find permanent relief.
If you have further questions about TMD and headaches, please contact our San Diego office today to schedule a consultation with experienced neuromuscular dentist Dr. Rod Strober.