Jaw pain is a fairly common condition experienced by people after a car crash, and it can be hard for some doctors to identify the cause of the problem. Complicating the issue, many times you won't experience TMJ symptoms until many weeks or months after the incident.
Dr. Green has helped 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 neck are oftentimes stretched or torn, causing ligament, muscle, or nerve damage. This can clearly cause pain in the neck and back, but since your 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 prickling 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. Green sees this very frequently in our Estero, Bonita Springs office.
Studies have shown that the root of many jaw or TMJ problems starts in the neck and that treatment of the underlying neck problem can resolve the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The key to dealing with these symptoms is simple: Dr. Green will work to restore your spine back to health, alleviating the inflammation, treating the injured tissues, and eliminating the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Dr. Green finds that jaw and headache symptoms often resolve once we restore your spine to its healthy state.
If you live in Estero, Bonita Springs and you've been hurt in a car crash, Dr. Green can help. We've been treating 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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