Jaw pain is a fairly common condition experienced by people after a car crash, and it can be challenging for some physicians to diagnose the source of the problem. Complicating the matter, very often you won't develop TMJ pain until many weeks or months after a crash.
Dr. Russell and Dr. Janda has helped many individuals with jaw pain after an injury, and the scientific literature explains what causes these types of problems. During a collision, the tissues in your neck are frequently stretched or torn, causing ligament, muscle, or nerve injury. 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 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 crash are very common because of neck injury, and the jaw works the same way. Dr. Russell and Dr. Janda sees this very frequently in our Henderson, NV office.
Studies have shown that the source of many jaw or TMJ symptoms begins in the cervical spine 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. Russell and Dr. Janda will work to return your spinal column back to health, reducing the inflammation, treating the injured tissues, and removing the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Dr. Russell and Dr. Janda has found that jaw and headache issues often resolve once we return your spine to its healthy condition.
If you reside in Henderson, NV and you've been hurt in a crash, Dr. Russell and Dr. Janda can help. We've been treating auto injury patients since 1990, and we can probably help you, too. Give our office a call today at (702) 990-2225 for an appointment.
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