Jaw pain is a fairly common condition experienced by people after a car accident, and it can be tough for some health practitioners to identify the source of the problem. Complicating the issue, oftentimes you won't experience TMJ pain until many weeks or months after a crash.
Dr. Russell and Dr. Janda has treated many individuals with jaw pain after an injury, and the medical research explains what produces these types of symptoms. During a collision, 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, inflammation of the nerves can cause pain 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 or hand. Similarly, it can affect parts of your body above the injured tissues, like your head and jaw. Headaches after a wreck are very common because of neck injury, and the jaw works the same way. Dr. Russell and Dr. Janda sees this very commonly in our Henderson, NV office.
Research shows that the root of many jaw or TMJ symptoms starts in the cervical spine and that treatment of the underlying neck problem 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 restore your spine back to health, alleviating the inflammation, treating the injured areas, and eliminating the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Dr. Russell and Dr. Janda finds that jaw and headache symptoms often resolve once we return your spine to its healthy state.
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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