Jaw or TMJ pain is a fairly typical condition experienced by many people after a car crash, and it can be confusing for some doctors to identify the cause of the problem. Complicating the matter, very often you won't develop TMJ pain until many weeks or months after the original injury.
Dr. Russell and Dr. Janda has helped many men and women with jaw pain after an injury, and the scientific research explains what causes these types of problems. During a collision, the tissues in your neck are commonly 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 tingling or numbness in the arm or hand. Similarly, it can affect parts of your body above the injury, like your head and jaw. Headaches after a crash are very common because of neck injury, and the TMJ works the same way. Dr. Russell and Dr. Janda sees this very often in our Henderson, NV office.
Studies have shown that the root of many jaw or TMJ symptoms starts in the cervical spine and that treatment of the underlying neck injury can fix the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The key to dealing with these symptoms is simple: Dr. Russell and Dr. Janda will work to return your spinal column back to health, reducing the inflammatory reaction, treating the injured areas, and removing the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Dr. Russell and Dr. Janda has found that jaw and headache symptoms often resolve once we restore your spine to its healthy condition.
If you live in Henderson, NV and you've been hurt in a crash, Dr. Russell and Dr. Janda can help. We've been working with auto injury patients since 1990, and we can most likely help you, too. Give our office a call today at (702) 990-2225 for an appointment.
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