Dr. Lockerman’s Approach of TMJ and Pain Management
Dr. Lockerman uses an inter-disciplinary approach to diagnose
and manage headache, facial pain and TMJ (Jaw Joint) problems. Consultations
a variety of specialists are made when necessary. A summary of the diagnostic
findings, management plans and progress are sent to the referring practitioner.
confusion exists with head and neck pain management and “TMJ”
disorders due to its complex nature and the involvement of different
It is usually not necessary to have many X-rays and expensive
computerized diagnostic testing to diagnose and manage pains related
and other tension type headache pains.
Headache, Facial Pain and “TMJ”
Tension (muscle contraction) type headaches account for most head pain
complaints. Muscle fatigue and muscle spasm can refer pain to a variety
of locations and mimic an amazing number of medical and dental conditions.
The most frequent complaints include:
- Limited opening of the jaw
- Jaw joint (TMJ) sounds
- Grinding and clenching of teeth
- Eye and ear pains
Physical stress (posture, irregular growth patterns, joint
problems, postural and body mechanics, habits, accidents, etc.) and
create a confusing array of symptoms which do not fit any one pattern
that many physicians and dentists can identify. Unfortunately,
people may see several physicians and dentists, be given medication for
symptomatic relief, and be told that the cause of their pain is
Headache and pain specialists today believe that the nervous system
and muscles of the head and neck have a direct link to headache
pain. If a way is found to ease the pain, then there is a good
chance that it can either be stopped or managed at a tolerable
Our Clinical and Practical Goals
Our goal is to provide our patients with comprehensive care.
We work with referring health professionals to help patients manage their
We inform the patient of available alternatives and help the patient
choose the course of treatment best suited to his or her needs.
After several months of treatment and management, the patient’s
progress is re-evaluated to determine if other therapies are needed.
patients and doctor work together to evaluate past therapies and
plan for future treatments.
While we cannot guarantee a cure, we strive
to ensure that each patient
receives the most appropriate diagnosis and management plan. If,
however, the patient cannot benefit from our knowledge and experience,
refer to an appropriate facility or specialist.