Cooper, B. and Cooper, D.: Multidisciplinary approach to the management of facial, head and neck pain. The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry 66(1), 1991.
Pain in the region of the head and neck is one of the most common complaints that bring patients to the dentist. Because of the complexity of the anatomy as well as the vagueness of presenting symptoms, head and neck pain often is a diagnostic problem. Many different specialists may ultimately be consulted to make a comprehensive diagnosis and institute effective therapy. It is up to the one who coordinates the diagnostic sequence to have an understanding of the various pathologic conditions that can be manifested as pain in the head and neck. Although a comprehensive knowledge of all disciplines is not necessary, an overall understanding of the various disciplines of medicine as they relate to head and neck pain is valuable. The primary provider should establish a group of specialists to whom patients can be referred for further diagnosis and treatment when necessary to provide optimum care.