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Do you have Temporal Tendonitis Headache?

A temple headache from Temporal Tendonitis can be so severe that the sufferer thinks they have a full-blown Migraine. The facial pain can also be horrible. The muscle at the side of your temple is large, and its job is to open and close your mouth. Whiplash injuries from auto accidents are among the common reasons for the Temple muscle to become injured and hurt with pain. Pain that can refer to the eye, ear, jaw joint, temple, and over the ear to the neck and shoulder. There can be eye sensitivity to bright light, and in the intense phase of the headache there can be nausea and vomiting, hence the "Migraine" diagnosis often assumed by a physician. But the headache may be Temporal Tendonitis. And, treatment for Migraine does not really help the headache from Temporal Tendonitis.


Temporal Tendonitis Headache


With the mouth open wide put finger pressure on the tendon at the coronoid tip.  If pressure stimulates pain, it presents as follows:


The pain reference areas from Temporal Tendonitis are located at the following sites:

Temporal Tendonitis Headache
  1. Jaw joint hurts and aches; jaw opening may be restricted due to painful tendon not stretching freely.

  2. Ear pain and pressure is often present.

  3. Cheek bone aches and hurts; also cheek feels swollen.

  4. Upper or upper and lower rear teeth may ache and throb or feel sensitive.

  5. Radiation of pain from cheek to eye.

  6. Temple aches and hurts (temple headache) with pain radiating over the ear to the back of the head and into the neck.


Temporal Tendonitis Headache

Temporal Tendonitis

"The Migraine Mimic"


A very common headache disorder that can be very easily treated.


Doctors who treat  painful muscle and ligament injuries have noted that about 85% of patients who suffer  pain and headache respond favorably to conservative treatment using oral and injectable medications.  Those patients who respond to medications usually have been hurting less than six months.  For patients who have hurt longer than six months, a smaller percentage improve from medications, but most hurting over six months have some degenerative change that requires more advanced treatment  

 One of the advanced treatments that Dr. Ernest utilizes for muscle and ligament injuries is the use of  radiofrequency thermoneurolysis.  The treatment uses a micro cautery to painlessly put injured muscle/nerve fibers and ligament/nerve fibers to sleep permanently, in most cases.

There is usually no need for hospitalization.   The procedure is done in the clinic using local anesthetic to help prevent pain or discomfort. It is an example of modern medicine and technology making treatment more comfortable and much safer for the patient. 


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