Jaw pain is a fairly common problem reported by people after a car accident, and it can be confusing for some doctors to identify the root of the problem. Complicating the matter, oftentimes you won't develop TMJ pain until many weeks or months after the accident.
Dr. Weinberg has helped many men and women with jaw pain after an injury, and the scientific research explains what causes these types of problems. During a collision, the tissues in your neck are frequently 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, inflammation of the nerves can cause problems in other parts of your body.
For example, with radicular pain, irritation of a nerve can cause tingling or numbness in the arm and hand. Similarly, it can affect parts of your body above the injured tissues, like your head and jaw. Headaches after a collision are very common because of neck injury, and the jaw works the same way. Dr. Weinberg sees this very commonly in our Smyrna, GA office.
Research shows that the root of many jaw or TMJ symptoms originates in the cervical spine and that treatment of the underlying neck injury can fix the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The key to resolving these symptoms is simple: Dr. Weinberg will work to restore your spine back to health, relieving the inflammation, treating the injured areas, and eliminating the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Dr. Weinberg finds that jaw and headache symptoms often resolve once we restore your spine to its healthy state.
If you live in Smyrna, GA and you've been hurt in a car crash, Dr. Weinberg can help. We've been treating 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 or consultation.
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