Jaw pain is a fairly typical problem reported by many people after a auto collision, and it can be confusing for some health practitioners to identify the root of the problem. Complicating the matter, many times you won't experience TMJ pain until many weeks or months after a crash.
Dr. Green has helped many men and women with jaw pain after an injury, and the medical research explains what causes these types of symptoms. During a car accident, the tissues in your spine are oftentimes stretched or torn, causing ligament, muscle, or nerve injury. This can obviously cause pain in the neck and back, but since your nervous system is one functioning unit, irritation of the nerves can cause problems 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 injured tissues, like your head and jaw. Headaches after auto 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 source of many jaw or TMJ problems begins in the neck and that treatment of the underlying neck problem can fix the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The secret to resolving these symptoms is simple: Dr. Green will work to restore your spinal column back to health, alleviating the inflammation, treating the injured areas, and removing the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Dr. Green has found that jaw and headache symptoms often resolve once we return your spine to its healthy state.
If you live in Estero, Bonita Springs and you've been injured in a crash, Dr. Green can help. We've been working with auto injury patients for many years and we can probably help you, too. Give our office a call today at (239) 495-1166 for an appointment or consultation.
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