Jaw pain is a fairly common problem experienced by many people after a car crash, and it can be challenging for some physicians to identify the root of the problem. Complicating the matter, many times you won't develop TMJ symptoms until many weeks or months after the original injury.
Dr. Russell and Dr. Janda has helped many individuals with jaw pain after an injury, and the medical research explains what triggers these types of problems. During a crash, the tissues in your neck are frequently 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 prickling or pins and needles in the arm or 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. Russell and Dr. Janda sees this very often in our Henderson, NV office.
Research shows 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 trick to resolving these symptoms is simple: Dr. Russell and Dr. Janda will work to restore your spine 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 injured in a car 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 or consultation.
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