Headaches – Have You Tried This?

Posted by on October 4, 2017 in Headaches | 0 comments

Headaches – Have You Tried This?

Can’t get rid of your headaches? Physical Therapist Todd Pratte shares actions you can take to reduce the prevalence and severity of headaches.

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HIT-6 Headache Impact Test

Posted by on August 16, 2017 in Headaches | 0 comments

HIT-6 Headache Impact Test

The Headache Impact Test is a tool to measure the impact headaches have on your ability to function on the job, at school, at home, and in social situations. Your score shows the effect that headaches have on daily life and your ability to function.

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Headache and Jaw Pain – A connection to TMJ/TMD?

Posted by on July 18, 2017 in Symptoms, TMD, Treatment | 2 comments

Headache and Jaw Pain – A connection to TMJ/TMD?

Headaches are common among the general population and positively associated with several musculoskeletal disorders including temporomandibular disorders (TMD). The objective of this study was to explore the presence of possible confounders of the association between TMD and headaches.

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Exercise Prescription for Patients With Neck Pain and Headaches

Posted by on May 30, 2017 in Symptoms, Treatment, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Exercise Prescription for Patients With Neck Pain and Headaches

Recently I had the pleasure of Lecturing at the 2017 American Academy of Orofacial Pain 41st scientific meeting in Scottsdale Arizona. My topic was on Therapeutic Exercises for Patients with Headaches and Chronic Cervical Pain. My topic focused on what structural, behavioral or functional deficits exist with regards to the neck flexor and extensor muscles, along with balance issues due to poor neck proprioception or disruption.

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Words from our TMJ Expert: How do we treat Idiopathic Condylar Resorption?

Posted by on February 17, 2017 in TMD | 0 comments

Words from our TMJ Expert:  How do we treat Idiopathic Condylar Resorption?

Idiopathic condylar resorption (ICR) is a well-documented but poorly understood progressive disease that affects the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ). ICR may result in malocclusion, facial disfigurement, TMJ dysfunction, and pain. The condition most often occurs in teenage girls, but can occur at any age, although rarely over the age of 40 years. These patients have a common facial morphology including: (1) high occlusal and mandibular plane angles, (2) progressively retruding mandible, and (3) Class II occlusion with or without open bite. Imaging usually demonstrates small resorbing condyles and TMJ articular disk dislocations.

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Technical Notes from Mike:  The Detrimental Effects of Forward Head Posture on Neck Pain, Headaches, and Temporomandibular Dysfunction

Posted by on December 19, 2016 in TMD | 0 comments

Technical Notes from Mike:  The Detrimental Effects of Forward Head Posture on Neck Pain, Headaches, and Temporomandibular Dysfunction

In addition to helping our patients recover, we should empower them with information so they may best understand their musculoskeletal dysfunctions and contribute to their wellness. The following is a technical explanation regarding why treating forward head posture is essential in helping patients with neck pain, headaches and TMD. I look forward to your responses and collaboration.

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What is Trismus? And how best is it treated?

Posted by on August 18, 2016 in Treatment | 0 comments

What is Trismus? And how best is it treated?

Trismus (or lock jaw) is a condition in which someone has severely restricted mouth opening. It is a problem commonly encountered by dental practitioners, and responds well in the hands of a trained physical therapist. Trismus has a number of potential causes which range from simple and non-progressive to those that can be potentially life threatening. Knowledge of the normal range of mouth opening is essential in the diagnosis and treatment of trismus. It varies from patient to patient within a range of 40-60mm. 2 finger (~40mm) to 3 finger...

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Trigger Point Dry Needling in the Treatment of Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD)

Posted by on May 17, 2016 in Treatment | 3 comments

Trigger Point Dry Needling in the Treatment of Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD)

I’ve received many inquiries about the benefits of dry needling for clients with temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD). To start with, let’s take a moment to briefly review dry needling. Dry needling is a revolutionary pain relieving procedure performed by our Licensed Physical Therapists who are also Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapists (CMTPT) through Myopain Seminars. The invasive procedure involves inserting a solid filament needle into the skin and muscle, aimed directly at a myofascial trigger point, which elicits a twitch...

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Ring in the NEW EAR!

Posted by on December 9, 2015 in TMD | 0 comments

Ring in the NEW EAR!

Tinnitus is commonly defined in my profession as the perception of a sound in the absence of an external sound source. In essence, it’s hearing something that isn’t actually there, and is often described by patients as ringing in their ears. Because tinnitus may arise from so many conditions, ranging from hearing loss to high blood pressure to medications, diagnosing the cause or causes can be a challenge. For many people, the ringing begins for no obvious reason. The unique cause of otic (ear) symptoms is still a mystery for many. Included...

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Self management for TMJ pain or facial pain

Posted by on November 25, 2015 in Treatment | 0 comments

Self management for TMJ pain or facial pain

Four concepts to encourage healing of musculoskeletal pain include: Reduce Strain Relaxation Posture Stretching Apply moist heat or cold, and massage tender muscle and joints Heat or ice applications used up to four times per day while resting may relax muscles responsible for causing pain. For heat, microwave a wet towel for approximately 1 minute or until towel is warm and wrap around a hot-water bottle or heated gel pack. For cold, use ice wrapped in a thin cloth on the area until some numbness is felt. Use what feels best. Apply for 15 to...

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