Treating chronic pain, by definition, rarely involves any type of quick fix. Dr. Abdulla's mission, at her practice in Laguna Hills, is to help patients manage their chronic head and neck pain as conservatively as possible. Dr. Abdulla will only treat a patient if she has a diagnosis, and the recommended treatment will be conservative and effective. If Dr. Abdulla is not able to treat your specific type of pain, she will refer you to one of her vast network of colleagues, which includes neurologists, neurosurgeons, ENT's, pain psychologists, and many other healthcare practitioners.
Dr. Abdulla does not believe that patients who suffer from chronic pain in the head and neck need to have their teeth adjusted. She promises never to work on your teeth as treatment for head and neck pain, and will never tell you that you need to have all of your teeth crowned or capped, which is a common treatment plan prescribed by neuromuscular dentists. Neuromuscular dentists often have patients wear an appliance 24 hours a day for several months, which can change their bite.
While Dr. Abdulla and neuromuscular dentists agree that a lot of pain reported by patients is caused by muscles, they disagree on the best approach to treatment. Dr. Abdulla will treat muscular pain by treating the muscles, but neuromuscular dentists will treat the teeth, which makes no sense to Dr. Abdulla.
I went to see Dr. Abdulla for TMJ and sleep apnea. I had recently got back from a trip and thought I had hurt my neck on a pillow, I had been to see a chiropractor 3 times to no avail.
She believed my neck hurt so bad from the TMJ. (I just thought I had a clicking jaw). I was going to go for physical therapy. She said just give me 4 visits for TMJ and if you are not feeling better then go to PT. My neck was feeling better after 2 visits! My neck pain is gone and I am sleeping so much better since I started wearing the mouth piece for sleep apnea. I highly recommend Dr. Abdulla!
Adrienne M., Cypress, CA