Jaw pain is a fairly typical condition experienced by people after a car accident, and it can be hard for some doctors to find the cause of the problem. Complicating the matter, oftentimes you won't experience TMJ pain until many weeks or months after the incident.
Dr. Weinberg has helped many people with jaw pain after an injury, and the medical research explains what triggers these types of symptoms. During a collision, the tissues in your neck are commonly stretched or torn, causing ligament, muscle, or nerve injury. This can obviously 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 instance, with radicular pain, irritation of a nerve can cause tingling or pins and needles in the arm and hand. Similarly, it can affect parts of your body above the injury, like your head and jaw. Headaches after a collision are very common because of neck injury, and the TMJ works the same way. Dr. Weinberg sees this very commonly in our Smyrna, GA office.
Studies have shown that the root of many jaw or TMJ problems originates in the neck and that treatment of the underlying neck problem can fix the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The key to dealing with these symptoms is simple: Dr. Weinberg will work to return your spinal column 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 condition.
If you live in Smyrna, GA and you've been injured in a car crash, Dr. Weinberg can help. We've been working with 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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