Front of Head or Face
Headaches that occur in the face or front of the head typically occur behind the eyes and nasal passages. These are related to allergies, hay fever, or sinus headache. If the headache is only behind the eyes, it is likely directly related to eyestrain. The best way to treat headaches in the front of the head or the front of the face is by identifying and treating sinus problems. If it’s related to eyestrain, visiting an eye doctor is the best first step to finding relief.
Back of Head
The last location you might experience a headache is in the back of the head. Headaches in the back of the head are usually related to arthritis in the neck, poor posture, or herniated disc. If the headache involves pain in the back of the head as well as the neck, it’s possible it’s caused by spontaneous intracranial hypotension from low spinal fluid pressure in the brain. If pain worsens when you stand, sit upright, sneeze or cough, strain, or engage in physical activity, these are signs that your headache is from spontaneous intracranial hypotension. We encourage you to seek medical attention.
Headache Treatment in St. Louis
If you suffer from frequent headaches and you haven’t found a treatment that works, you might have a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). TMD is a disorder that affects the jaw joints. When the joints become imbalanced, it causes the muscles to compensate for the imbalance by correcting themselves. This can lead to muscle strain that causes facial pain as well as headaches. TMJ disorders can also cause jaw pain, worn teeth, clicking and popping when opening and closing the mouth, and ear pain.
When Dr. Hill provides you with TMJ treatment, it will help relax the jaw joints and allow them to rest at their most optimal position. With treatment, the painful symptoms, including frequent headaches and migraines will go away.
If you’re looking for headache treatment in St. Louis, consider booking a consultation at Smile On Dental Studio in Clayton to learn if TMD is the cause. Please call (314) 678-7876 to get started.