Jaw pain is a fairly common problem reported by people after a car crash, and it can be tough for some health practitioners to diagnose the cause of the problem. Complicating the issue, very often you won't experience TMJ pain until many weeks or months after the accident.
Dr. Weinberg has treated many people with jaw pain after an injury, and the medical research explains what triggers these types of symptoms. During a crash, the tissues in your spine are often stretched or torn, causing ligament, muscle, or nerve damage. This can clearly cause pain in the neck and back, but since your central nervous system is one functioning unit, irritation of the nerves can cause issues in other parts of your body.
For example, with radicular pain, irritation of a nerve can cause prickling or numbness in the arm or hand. Similarly, it can affect parts of your body above the injured tissues, like your head and jaw. Headaches after a crash are very common because of neck injury, and the TMJ works the same way. Dr. Weinberg sees this very often in our Smyrna, GA office.
Studies have shown that the source of many jaw or TMJ symptoms begins in the cervical spine and that treatment of the underlying neck problem can fix the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The trick 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 tissues, and eliminating the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Dr. Weinberg has found that jaw and headache symptoms often resolve once we restore your spine to its healthy condition.
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 most likely help you, too. Give our office a call today at (678) 214-4445 for an appointment or consultation.
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