Jaw or TMJ pain is a fairly common problem reported by people after a car crash, and it can be challenging for some physicians to identify the cause of the problem. Complicating the matter, many times you won't develop TMJ pain until many weeks or months after the original injury.
Dr. Weinberg has helped many individuals with jaw pain after an injury, and the scientific literature explains what triggers these types of symptoms. During a collision, the tissues in your neck are oftentimes stretched or torn, causing ligament, muscle, or nerve damage. This can obviously cause pain in the neck and back, but since your nervous system is one functioning unit, irritation of the nerves can cause pain in other parts of your body.
For instance, with radicular pain, irritation of a nerve can cause prickling or pins and needles in the arm or hand. Similarly, it can affect parts of your body above the injured area, like your head and jaw. Headaches after a crash are very common because of neck injury, and the jaw works the same way. Dr. Weinberg sees this very often in our Smyrna, GA office.
Research indicates that the root of many jaw or TMJ symptoms starts in the neck and that treatment of the underlying neck problem can fix the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The secret to resolving these symptoms is simple: Dr. Weinberg will work to return your spinal column back to health, alleviating the inflammatory reaction, treating the injured areas, and removing the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Dr. Weinberg finds that jaw and headache issues often resolve once we return your spine to its healthy condition.
If you live in Smyrna, GA and you've been hurt in a crash, Dr. Weinberg can help. We've been working with auto injury patients since 1984, and we can probably help you, too. Give our office a call today at (678) 214-4445 for an appointment.
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