Doctor, Why Does My Face Still Ache?
Getting Relief from Persistent Jaw, Ear,
Tooth, and Headache Pain
Solutions for Chronic facial pain by leading specialists in pain management.
By Donald R. Tanenbaum, DDS, MPH and S. L. Roistacher, DDS, FACD, FICD
This groundbreaking book, Doctor, Why Does My Face Still Ache? explains why millions of Americans with persistent headaches, toothaches, jaw pain, and other debilitating facial pain can’t find relief – even after seeing many doctors in search of a solution. The problem is that most physicians and dentists look for injury or disease to explain the pain but ignore the relationship between emotions and muscles, which compose most of the face. While the mind-body connection has been applied to treat back, heart, and skin ailments and gastrointestinal disorders, this is the first book to clearly explain how the brain initiates bodily changes that result in persistent facial pain.
Case studies describe the authors’ methods to relieve patients’ pain, from teaching about the “brain-pain” connection to prescribing pain-relieving medications and administering therapies to help relax and rehabilitate muscles. This book will not only benefit people with chronic facial pain but also physicians and dentists less familiar with these problems or unable to comprehensively explain to patients why stress and emotions have fueled their suffering.
“Drs. Roistacher and Tanenbaum offer both patients and doctors the perspectives and approaches best suited for helping those with chronic orofacial pain.” – Samuel F. Dworkin, DDS, PhD, Professor Emeritus, University of Washington
Donald R. Tanenbaum maintains a private practice in New York City and on Long Island, and has both university and hospital-based academic appointments. A past president of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain, he received his DDS and MPH degree from Columbia University in 1982.
S. L. Roistacher, a founding member of the International Association for the Study of Pain and the American Pain Society, was the Chairman of the Department of Dental Medicine, Queens Hospital Center, for over 30 years. His involvement in the field of pain led to the formation of the Head and Neck Pain Center at Queens Hospital Center. He received a DDS degree from New York University.