If you are experiencing headaches, earaches, stuffiness or ringing in the ears, or discomfort in the jaw, throat or mouth area, it may be a condition known as Orofacial Pain.
In the past, symptoms such as these were associated with and referred to as TMD, or Temporomandibular Disorder. Today, we use the broader term Orofacial Pain to describe pain that is not confined to your jaw, but also refers to pain or discomfort in your head, neck or shoulder areas as well as the systemic conditions that may cause these symptoms. Orofacial Pain can have many causes. Depending on the diagnosis, a variety of treatments are available.
The treatment of Orofacial Pain begins with a comprehensive evaluation of the patient. A complete patient history, thorough physical exam, laboratory tests and imaging studies will be conducted to properly diagnose the condition. Once the disorder has been identified, our expert staff will employ a multidisciplinary approach to easing the symptoms and treating the root cause of the problem.
Treatments may include physical therapy, prescription medication, oral appliance therapy, and acupuncture. At MSR we also use biofeedback as treatment. This includes relaxation therapy, psychological, and behavioral approaches to pain management and lifestyle modification.