Friday, August 3, 2012
First Headache Treatment Center Opens in Charlotte
force related issues, which means if you suffer from chronic headaches
it might be time to visit...the dentist? Yes, if the dentist is
equipped with the most advanced diagnostic equipment and treatment
techniques like Dr. Robert L. Harrell at Charlotte Headache Center,
the first and only clinic of its kind in the Carolinas.
According to the National Headache Foundation, over 45 million
Americans suffer from chronic, recurring headaches. About 20 percent
of children and adolescents also have significant headaches. And,
according to the American Migraine Foundation, 36 million Americans
(about 12 percent of the population) suffer from migraine headaches.
One-in-four households in America have a member with migraines.
Migraines are three times more common in women than men, with
migraines affecting 30 percent of women over a lifetime.
Many people who suffer from headache problems have spent significant
time and money looking for a solution. They have visited multiple
health care professionals and tried various medications and therapies
without much relief. However, using a new cutting-edge technology
called TruDenta, Dr. Harrell is able to quickly pinpoint a patient's
problem and alleviate the pain.
In fact, it was the dramatic success Dr. Harrell experienced after
implementing the TruDenta system into his dental practice, Adult
Dentistry of Ballantyne, that led him to open Charlotte Headache
Center. Through this dedicated clinic, he is able to focus exclusively
on treating patients with chronic headaches and migraines,
temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain, neck pain, earaches, tinnitus
(ringing in the ears) and sleep apnea.
In this video: http://youtu.be/ptJ4yrmfPEo, Dr. Harrell talks about
Charlotte Headache Center and the phenomenal results he has achieved
using the TruDenta system. The following links will take you to
powerful video testimonials from two former Charlotte Headache Center
patients who are now living pain free: http://youtu.be/0FBoIb_r6Zc | http://youtu.be/LBV_NGVHby8
In this informative Q&A, Dr. Harrell answers some of the most commonly
asked questions about the Charlotte Headache Center, the TruDenta
system and what patients can expect during treatment.
Q: Dr. Harrell, when a patient who has suffered from migraines or
chronic headaches comes to you, what is done initially to determine
what could be the source of their symptoms?
A: The new technologies we use allow us to screen patients using a
digital bite force analyzer to measure the different dynamic forces in
the mouth (musculature, joints, teeth) to pinpoint imbalances. This
allows us to determine the type of treatment or combination of
therapies that might be needed.
We also use a computerized tool that measures the cervical range of
motion and identifies dysfunction or disability in the muscles of the
head and neck. In a 15-minute screening appointment we can quickly
rule in or rule out whether the patient's headaches are related to
improper or imbalanced forces.
Q: Does the program involve pain, needles or drugs?
A: No. In fact, it's exactly the opposite. There is no pain whatsoever
with our treatments. The TruDenta treatments are conservative and non-
invasive and the program is specifically designed to help get patients
off drugs. Most clients report that the therapies are very relaxing
and most experience pain relief after just one or two treatments.
Q: Can you give us an example of the kinds of treatments you might
perform on a chronic headache sufferer?
A: Because headache and migraine sufferers have many sensitivities
that can trigger pain, our treatment plans are designed to be slow,
conservative and effective. We use a combination of FDA approved
medical devices to reduce inflammation and restore blood flow in the
muscles and temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
Additionally we use low-level cold laser therapy to help restore
energy at a cellular level. We also use a specially designed mouth
orthotic that helps restore normal function in the TMJ and then
selectively correct the bite imbalances with the aid of our digital
bite analysis system.
What really makes this system unique is the blend of treatments:
neuromuscular sports medicine -- targeting muscles and nerves --
combined with advanced dental treatments targeting TMJ dysfunction and
Q: What kind of results have you seen?
A: The results have been amazing. We have treated a number of patients
who have been plagued with severe headaches and migraines for more
than 10 years, robbing them of countless hours of their lives every
week. These patients are crying in my office desperate for help. When
you can completely take away their pain in a matter of weeks, it
becomes a life-changing experience for the patient. As a health care
professional, the ability to help clients become free of pain is the
most rewarding part of my practice.
Q: What else can the TruDenta technology and training you have
received be used for?
A: The TruDenta system is not only effective on patients with TMJ
problems, but also patients who clench or grind their teeth or have
tinnitus (ringing of the ears). We can also help patients who are
suffering as a result of head or neck injuries from sports related
traumas, falls or car accidents.
Q: Is treatment affordable? Are there options to pay for it? What
about insurance coverage?
A: We strive to make the cost of care affordable, with treatments
ranging from several hundred dollars to several thousand dollars
depending on the number and types of treatments needed. Certain
insurance plans cover the treatment and financing is available.
Q: How can people find out more about the TruDenta system?
A: Visit our website at CharlotteHeadacheCenter.com or call
704-540-5850 to schedule a 15-minute screening appointment to see if
we can help.
Dr. Harrell is available for interviews, comments and clarifications.
You can call him directly via cell phone at 704-650-7112.
Charlotte Headache Center, 7820 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Suite 103,
Charlotte, NC 28277
> PHONE: 704-540-5850 | WEBSITE: http://CharlotteHeadacheCenter.com
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