Living with mysterious face pain and jaw pain can be a frustrating experience.

It could be a recurring headache or a jaw that locks open or closed. It could be a popping in your neck or jaw, muscle fatigue in your face, or ringing in your ears. All of these could be caused by a craniofacial disorder (neck pain, face pain or jaw pain) and none of them are enjoyable. What many people don’t know is that the solutions to most of these problems are often conservative face and jaw pain treatments rather than invasive procedures. At The Alpher Center, we specialize in these often hard-to-diagnose craniofacial disorders. We understand what causes jaw pain and face pain and we have treated them successfully for more than 30 years.

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TMJ

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The jawbone is connected to… varying degrees of pain and discomfort called “TMJ Disorders”.
Within the larger realm of face, jaw and neck pain, TMJ disorders are specifically associated with the jaw joint. Although TMJ disorders are often difficult to diagnose, The Alpher Center has proven successful in diagnosing and treating- TMJ.

TMJ Symptoms
Your “incurable” headache, ear or facial pain could be the result of your jaw joints, your bite or muscle spasms in the vicinity of your jaw. Even swallowing difficulty and snoring can be related to TMJ disorders, as can fullness and ringing in the ears.

TMJ Treatment
Since the teeth, jaw joints and muscles can all be involved, conservative treatment for TMJ varies. Typically, TMJ treatment will involve several phases. The first goal is to relieve the muscle spasm, pain and inflammation. This is accomplished by a removable device known as an orthotic/splint which is worn over the lower teeth until the bite is stabilized and muscles are relaxed and coordinated.

Along with the orthotic, The Alpher Center may also recommend:

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  • Physical therapy modalities
  • Exercise therapy
  • Physical therapy sessions
  • Therapeutic massage therapy
  • Muscle relaxants (as a last resort)

 

 

 

 

 

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Face Pain

Myofascial pain (MPD) is a chronic pain disorder that occurs when pressure on sensitive points in your muscles creates pain in completely different parts of your body. Myofascial pain symptoms include deep, aching pain or a tender knot in a muscle, persistent or worsening pain or difficulty sleeping due to pain. Sometimes symptoms take years to develop. MPD can be aggravated by various lifestyle factors, such as structural imbalances, stress, fatigue, certain foods and drinks and even chewing gum. Taken together, these factors can develop into a full-blown MPD condition.

To diagnose the current level of MPD, The Alpher Center uses a Computerized Mandibular Scan. This MPD scan measures and correlates muscle activity measured by surface electromyography (technique for evaluating and recording electrical activity produced by skeletal muscles) with movements and position of the jaw. It is accurate within a tenth of a millimeter, which allows us to diagnose and then appropriately treat the problem.

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Myofascial Pain

Myofascial pain (MPD) is a chronic pain disorder that occurs when pressure on sensitive points in your muscles creates pain in completely different parts of your body. Myofascial pain symptoms include deep, aching pain or a tender knot in a muscle, persistent or worsening pain or difficulty sleeping due to pain. Sometimes symptoms take years to develop. MPD can be aggravated by various lifestyle factors, such as structural imbalances, stress, fatigue, certain foods and drinks and even chewing gum. Taken together, these factors can develop into a full-blown MPD condition.

To diagnose the current level of MPD, The Alpher Center uses a Computerized Mandibular Scan. This MPD scan measures and correlates muscle activity measured by surface electromyography (technique for evaluating and recording electrical activity produced by skeletal muscles) with movements and position of the jaw. It is accurate within a tenth of a millimeter, which allows us to diagnose and then appropriately treat the problem.

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Musculo-Skeletal Dysfunction

Musculo-Skeletal Dysfunction is a long name, but it simply means a group of symptoms, disorders and discomforts that center around where the jawbone joins the skull. Natural movements of the jaw require the complex interaction of muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments, large and small blood vessels and small (but significant) discs. Problems can originate from any of these areas.

The Alpher Center takes the necessary steps to accurately diagnose the cause of your face, neck and head pain or discomfort. We use diagnostic tomography (images taken section by section), diagnostic models, electromyography muscle testing and jaw tracking. Only when testing is complete and a diagnosis has been confirmed do we proceed with the appropriate face, neck, or head pain treatment, administered in phases over a period of time depending on severity.

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