Jaw pain is a fairly typical problem experienced by many people after a car crash, and it can be challenging for some health practitioners to find the source of the problem. Complicating the matter, many times you won't experience TMJ symptoms until many weeks or months after the incident.
Dr. Green has helped many individuals with jaw pain after an injury, and the medical research explains what triggers these types of problems. During a collision, the tissues in your spine are often stretched or torn, causing ligament, muscle, or nerve damage. 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 problems in other parts of your body.
For example, 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 wreck are very common because of neck injury, and the TMJ works the same way. Dr. Green sees this very often in our Estero, Bonita Springs office.
Research indicates that the source of many jaw or TMJ problems begins in the cervical spine and that treatment of the underlying neck injury can resolve the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The secret to dealing with these symptoms is simple: Dr. Green will work to restore your spinal column back to health, reducing the inflammation, treating the injured tissues, and removing the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Dr. Green has found that jaw and headache issues often resolve once we restore your spine to its healthy state.
If you reside in Estero, Bonita Springs and you've been hurt in a crash, Dr. Green can help. We've been working with auto injury patients since 2006, and we can most likely help you, too. Give our office a call today at (239) 495-1166 for an appointment or consultation.
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