Does Jaw Pain Cause Headaches and Migraines?

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How common is jaw pain?

Jaw pain is common condition appearing in up to 60% of the population, most often in those aged 20-40 and is four times more common in females. 

Can jaw pain lead to headaches?

Yes, jaw pain can cause headaches. Most often the headache will occur early in the morning especially if you clench your jaw during the night (bruxism) or after a meal that requires a lot of chewing. Site of the headaches is usually the temples which then spreads to the forehead.

What about migraines?

Migraines often cause sensitivity of the nerves to the jaw and it can be difficult to determine which came first, the jaw pain or the migraine. Managing jaw pain is recommended as doing so can make migraines less likely to occur.

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Is jaw pain easy to treat?

Conservative (non-surgical) management is effective in the majority of cases. Treatment may consist of physical therapy, dry needling, acupuncture, botox injections, stress reduction, pain killers, tricyclic anti-depressants and occlusal appliances (night splint).

Get in touch with us at Berwick Family Osteopathy on 9702 0094 to find out how we can help.

Blog written by Dr Samuel Wilmann – Registered Osteopath.
Berwick Family Osteopathy & Spinal Clinic

 

References:

Li DTS, Leung YY. Temporomandibular Disorders: Current Concepts and Controversies in Diagnosis and Management. Diagnostics. 2021; 11(3):459. https://doi.org/10.3390/diagnostics11030459

racgp.org.au/ajgp/2018/april/temporomandibular-dysfunction

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