Indianapolis Craniofacial Specialist

Headache treatmentIndianapolis, IN

While minor headaches are a common occurrence for many people, chronic headaches can cause more severe health issues in one's life. Chronic headaches can also hinder one's life by interfering with work, social activities, school, and more. With our headache treatment, we can help to identify the source of the headaches and customize treatment.

Headaches treatment is available at Indiana Craniofacial Center PC in Indianapolis and the surrounding area. In most cases, chronic or recurring headaches are the result of a specific condition that affects the nerves, muscles, and bone structure of the head. Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, TMD, is one such condition that can cause headaches.

Call us at 317-559-7456 to set up an appointment and determine the most effective treatment option you need.

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How TMD Relates to Headaches

As a craniofacial specialist, we can help to determine if TMD is the root cause of a patient's headaches or if there is another underlying condition. By identifying the source of the pain, we can help patients achieve lasting relief from the pain and related symptoms.

The temporomandibular joint acts as a hinge for the jaw and allows people to open and close their jaw. However, this disorder can make it more difficult for patients to open and close their mouths, along with other symptoms. With TMD, the patient may also experience more pain as they clench the jaw or grind their teeth, even while asleep.

This pain can result in headaches that only get worse over time. Using store-bought medication to relieve the pain will only provide temporary relief.

Headache Treatment Options

There are several possible treatment options for TMD that can also help to relieve headaches. In some cases, treatment like Percutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (PENS) can help address chronic pain caused by TMD. It can also stimulate muscles and nerves that might prompt headaches. It is an effective way to treat chronic pain in the head and other parts of the body.

At times, it can reduce the need for other treatments like medication. In other cases, we may recommend an oral appliance that acts as a mouthpiece. This appliance has a similar build to a retainer and will help to prevent the teeth from grinding while the patient is asleep. Preventing the teeth from grinding, and the jaw from clenching at night can help to relieve the headaches.

However, the type of treatment the patient receives will depend on their needs. While store-bought medications can provide mild relief for headaches, patients will need professional treatment to achieve lasting relief. To begin the treatment process, we will need to conduct an examination that reviews the patient's medical history, current condition, allergies, insurance, and other pertinent factors.

By gathering this information, we can help to identify the source of the headache. In many cases, the headache can be a symptom of another condition.

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Chronic headaches can limit your ability to focus on your daily activities, and it makes it impossible to have fun. Things become even worse when you are not sure about the cause. Our craniofacial specialist can help treat the cause of your headaches and achieve lasting relief.

Indiana Craniofacial Center PC is located at
3750 Guion Rd Ste 250
Indianapolis, IN
46222

(317) 559-7456

Frequently Asked Questions

What causes daily headaches?

According to the National Headache Foundation, headaches can result from a variety of factors like lack of sleep, caffeine, weather changes, or stress. Overusing store-bought pain medication can also lead to persistent headaches known as rebound headaches or a medication overuse headache. We can determine the source of the headaches and find the right treatment for your needs.

What is a tension headache?

A tension headache is the most common type of headache. It often manifests as pressure, tightness, or pressure around the back of the head, neck, or forehead. For many people, tension headaches feel like a clamp is squeezing their heads. Over-the-counter pain medication can help to alleviate the discomfort but only temporarily.

Do daily headaches mean I have TMD?

Not necessarily. There are many other reasons why you might have chronic headaches. Problems with the temporomandibular joints are just one reason why you might have headaches. As a craniofacial specialist, we can help to treat the pain and discomfort caused by TMD. If you are experiencing persistent headaches and jaw pain, give us a call and schedule an appointment today.

How long should a headache last?

The average time for a tension headache to last is about four hours. However, other types of headaches can drag on for days at a time. These never-ending headaches are more likely to lead to other health issues like anxiety.

Why is my headache not going away?

A headache might linger if the patient does not seek treatment for the underlying problem. Headaches resulting from an injury, infection, arthritis, or TMD will not go away until these issues receive professional treatment. However, medication and PENS can help manage the discomfort caused by headaches.