EDS impacts the body’s collagen and causes loose, frequently dislocated joints. When that involves the head, neck and jaw areas, it often results in dental, TMJ, craniofacial pain and sleep disorders.
Dr. Mitakides and the TMJ Treatment Center team have been working with EDS and hypermobility patients for decades. Patients answer a series of questions related to hypermobility, pain, sleep and other habits, followed by Dr. Mitakides testing their neck, back and jaw muscles to understand their specific symptoms. In addition to tests done by Dr. Mitakides, genetic profiling by a specialist is often recommended to confirm an EDS diagnosis if patients are showing symptoms indicating EDS.
Treatment for EDS and hypermobility is unique to each patient, and can include:
Molded specifically to each patient, bite appliances can typically eliminate about half of the head, neck, jaw and other pain.
Cervical muscle activation
Patients learn how they can use their own muscles to stabilize the head and neck.
Dr. Mitakides presents to physical therapists to help them work with EDS patients’ unique needs in order to help strengthen patient vertebrae.
Prescription pain relievers and muscle relaxants may be prescribed to help stop the involuntary teeth grinding while patients sleep.
Botox treatments reduce the head and neck movements that cause severe headaches and pain. This treatment is an efficient and effective non-surgical option for patients.
TMJ Treatment Center EDS patients have seen significant improvements in the intensity of jaw and neck pain, headaches and bite stabilization; many within the first few visits.
Dr. Mitakides is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, Diplomate of the American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine, and is a member of the Ehlers-Danlos National Foundation Professional Advisory Network. He is the only medical professional in North America achieve all three of these designations. Learn more about Dr. Mitakides, or contact the TMJ Treatment Center to schedule an appointment and discover more about the services and treatments available.