Pick up almost any of today’s magazines and you’ll likely read a story or advertisement about how Botox is the “fountain of youth” for erasing frown lines, crows feet and other unwanted wrinkles. But, did you know that Botox isn’t just for wrinkles? It’s been found to be effective in treating migraine headaches, and in 2010, the FDA-approved Botox for use in patients with chronic migraines that happen more than 14 times in a month.
The Connection Between TMJ & Migraines
Each year, millions of people are diagnosed with migraine headaches. Migraine headaches have a number of possible causes, and one possibility is TMJ disorder. TMJ disorder is a complicated disorder that is caused by misalignment of the bite or by traumatic injury or other possible causes. It leads to spasms in facial muscles, and can cause migraine headaches. If you suffer from migraines and your physician has been unable to pin down the cause, it would be worth looking into TMJ disorder as a possible source.
Splint therapy and muscle relaxers are commonly recommended for new cases of TMJ. If a patient has already been treated with splint therapy and is still having reoccurring headaches and/or migraines due to TMJ, Dr. Delaune will, through careful diagnostic work, consider the individual’s case and treatment history, and determine if Botox might be a good treatment option. When injected into the affected facial muscles, Botox has been found to relieve jaw tension, relaxing the muscles and providing relief from the spasms of TMJ disorder.
Dr. Duane Delaune has received post-graduate TMJ training from The Dawson Academy, and he has treated TMJ disorders for more than 20 years. Call us to learn more or to schedule a consultation to discuss your TMJ and the treatment options that might be best for you.