Many who suffer from chronic headaches and migraines also experience periodic neck pain. While there are plenty of over-the-counter medications to treat the symptoms of headaches, neck pain relief is often much harder to find. At the Charlotte Headache Center, we offer a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan that addresses both of these problems.
As a licensed dentist with more than 15 years of experience, Dr. Harrell has immense expertise in the anatomy of the neck, head, and mouth. Whereas many prescribed headache treatments simply address the pain itself, Dr. Harrell strives to identify and correct the underlying causes. In the vast majority of cases, these causes are related to craniofacial and dental issues.
Neck pain associated with headaches is relatively common, particularly for those whose headaches are the result of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), malocclusion, or any number of improperly functioning “dental forces.” Dr. Harrell uses a cutting-edge diagnostic system known as TruDenta. This tool provides a thorough snapshot of all of the physical functions of the head, neck and mouth, providing for an incredibly clear and concise diagnosis of your neck pain
Neck pain is most commonly associated with TMD, a disorder which results from excessive wear or damage to the temporomandibular joint. The disorder can lead to a number of issues relating to the teeth and jaws. Bruxism, or grinding and clenching of teeth, is one of the most common issues that is present in cases of TMD. Bruxism not only puts undue stress on the teeth and jaws, it can cause pain throughout the entire neck. By analyzing your bite pattern, Dr. Harrell can identify your TMD and bruxism and prescribe a plan to correct both. When your jaws and teeth are healthy, you can expect your neck pain and headaches to subside.
There is significant evidence to suggest that the majority of headaches are caused by malfunctions that originate in the mouth and jaws. If you suffer from chronic headaches accompanied by neck pain, call the Charlotte Headache Center today to find out how we can help you devise a custom treatment plan.
At the Charlotte Headache Center, we are able to diagnose and treat your chronic headaches, migraines and related ailments using the cutting-edge TruDenta system. Make an appointment with us now by calling 704-540-5850 or use the contact form above.
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