Jaw pain is a fairly common condition experienced by people after a car crash, and it can be tough for some physicians to identify the cause of the problem. Complicating the issue, oftentimes you won't experience TMJ symptoms until many weeks or months after the incident.
Dr. Russell and Dr. Janda has treated many men and women with jaw pain after an injury, and the scientific research explains what produces these types of symptoms. During a collision, the tissues in your neck are oftentimes 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 prickling or numbness 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 often in our Henderson, NV office.
Research shows that the source of many jaw or TMJ symptoms originates in the neck and that treatment of the underlying neck problem can resolve the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The trick to resolving these symptoms is simple: Dr. Russell and Dr. Janda will work to restore your spinal column back to health, relieving 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 symptoms often resolve once we return your spine to its healthy state.
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 probably help you, too. Give our office a call today at (702) 990-2225 for an appointment or consultation.
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