Chronic Head & Neck PainIndianapolis, IN
If you are continuing to struggle with chronic head or neck pain, we can help to find a lasting and effective solution. While store-bought products can provide temporary pain relief, they are not going to provide permanent relief. As a craniofacial pain specialist, we can treat chronic head and neck pain by targeting the source.
Chronic head & neck pain treatment is available at Indiana Craniofacial Center PC in Indianapolis and the surrounding areas. By targeting the source, we can help patients live their lives to the fullest when the chronic pain holds them back. With multiple causes of chronic head and neck pain, it is crucial to seek professional treatment.
Call us at 317-283-1900 today to set up an appointment and learn more about what treatment can help you.
Understanding Chronic Head and Neck Pain
Chronic head & neck pain can result from a variety of physical and psychological problems. However, there are two main conditions that can result from pain in the jaw. Chronic pain in the jaw can spread to other areas of the face and neck.
Here are some of the more common reasons why a person might develop chronic pain in the head and neck.
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction
Also known as TMJ, this joint dysfunction can be the result of a variety of things like trauma to the face or teeth grinding. The temporomandibular joints connect the lower half of the jaw to the rest of the skull. They are hinge-like sliding joints that control movements of the jaw.
Damage to these joints often leads to pain in the head and neck area. It can also cause difficulty in opening and closing the mouth. The type of treatment we recommend will vary per patient and the source of their pain. We will strive to find an effective and lasting treatment solution.
Myofascial Pain Syndrome
Myofascial pain syndrome is a disorder that can affect large and small muscle groups in the body. These affected muscles are known as trigger points and can cause varying levels of pain. The condition results from a muscle injury or tension habits leading to occlusal harmony.
Clenching one's jaw or related muscles can also cause this pain. Treatment options can include prescription medication, trigger point injections, nerve stimulation, therapy, or a combination of these methods.
Treating Chronic Head and Neck Pain
According to the North American Neuromodulation Society, electrical neuromodulation is one of the most effective ways to address chronic neck and back pain. We use Percutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation (PENS) to help manage nerve-related pain.
Electric neuromodulation therapy involves the patient wearing a device that is similar to a heart pacemaker. The device sends small electric signals to block chronic head and neck pain. Many patients can reduce their use of pain killers – which can lead to issues like chemical dependency – once they start electric modulation treatment. We can alter the calibration of the device can to meet a patient's individual needs.
Electric neuromodulation can drastically reduce chronic head and neck pain when other treatments only provide temporary relief. It provides a minimally invasive treatment that addresses the root cause of the symptoms and pain.
Call Us Today
Chronic pain can significantly affect your ability to perform the simplest of tasks. It can impact your personal and professional life and leave you constantly feeling miserable. A craniofacial pain specialist can help to diagnose and treat your condition. Call 317-283-1900 to set up an appointment.
Indiana Craniofacial Center PC is located at
3750 Guion Rd Ste 280
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need treatment for TMD?
While the level of pain from TMD can vary per patient, the pain will only worsen the longer a patient avoids treatment. Untreated cases of TMD can lead to the lower jaw shifting backward. This can lead to sleep-disorder breathing problems along with chronic head and neck pain. Patients may end up struggling with other health issues like depression and weight gain due to sleep issues.
If my ears constantly feel clogged, is that a possible sign of TMD?
Yes. Feeling like one's ears are clogged is a symptom of TMD. TMD can also make your ears feel like they are ringing, leading to loss of balance or dizziness. While there are other causes of these symptoms, it is important to seek professional evaluation and assessment to be certain.
How long does it take to treat TMD?
While we can help to provide lasting relief to TMD treatment, the length of time for a treatment plan will vary per patient. After we assess the extent of the TMD symptoms and customize a treatment plan, we can determine the length of time.
Does treating TMD require surgery?
Surgery is only used to treat TMD when all other options, like medications and PENS, have been unable to address the problem. Most cases of TMD do not require it.
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