Headaches & Migraines Specialist

Northwest Headache Center

Dr. Donald Johnson

Headache Specialist located in Coeur d'Alene, ID

Did you know headaches are one of the most common reasons for a trip to the doctor? You don’t need to suffer with a headache or migraine when Northwest Headache Center in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, provides state-of-the-art diagnosis and care. Headache specialist Dr. Donald Johnson, evaluates your condition using the latest technologies, then recommends drug-free, nonsurgical treatment options to help free you from headache pain. Call today or book a consultation online.

Headaches & Migraines

How can I tell a headache from a migraine?

A headache is a pain in any part of your head. This includes your face, scalp, upper neck, and the inside of your head. Headaches can happen rarely or often, interfering with your ability to work and enjoy daily activities. 

Migraines cause throbbing or pulsing pain, affecting one side of your head or both sides. Migraines tend to run in families. The condition is often worsened by exposure to light, sounds, smells, or physical activity.

What are the symptoms of headaches and migraines?

While pain is the most common sign, you may notice other symptoms, including:

  • Clenching and grinding your teeth
  • Dental wear and broken teeth
  • Clicking and popping of your jaw joint
  • Discomfort in your neck or jaw muscles
  • Ringing in your ears (tinnitus)
  • Vertigo (dizziness)

You also might have trouble sleeping with a headache or migraine.

What causes headaches and migraines?

Headaches and migraines may be brought on by force imbalances, such as a significant problem with your bite. These imbalances occur in your mouth and jaw and can affect your nerves, blood vessels, and muscles.

What are the types of headache pain?

Headaches come in several forms. You may have experienced one or more of these types of headaches:

  • Tension: due to tightness in your head, neck, and facial muscles
  • Inflammatory: swollen blood vessels cause inflammation and pain 
  • Traction: brought on by injuries, computer work, or eye strain 
  • Vascular: a migraine or cluster headache

If you’re suffering from headaches or migraines, Dr. Johnson evaluates your symptoms to diagnose the source of your condition and put you on the path to recovery.

How are headaches and migraines diagnosed?

Dr. Johnson thoroughly evaluates your condition, taking a complete medical history. He recommends comprehensive diagnostic protocols to home in on the nature of your headache or migraine pain.

Often, your headache or migraine pain is due to bite force (neuromuscular) problems in your mouth. Dr. Johnson uses state-of-the-art computer technologies to analyze:

  • Your bite forces
  • Range of motion
  • Trigger points in your head and neck muscles  

This analysis identifies where to correct the neuromuscular force imbalances to give you relief.  

How are headaches and migraines treated?

Dr. Johnson recommends appropriate treatment, which may include:

  • Therapeutic ultrasound
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Cold laser therapy
  • Manual muscle/trigger point therapy

You don’t need to suffer from headache or migraine pain. Call Northwest Headache Center today or book a consultation online.


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