Jaw pain is a fairly common problem reported by people after a car wreck, and it can be confusing for some doctors to identify the source of the problem. Complicating the matter, oftentimes you won't experience TMJ symptoms until many weeks or months after a crash.
Dr. Marsh has treated many people with jaw pain after an injury, and the scientific research explains what produces these types of problems. During a crash, the tissues in your neck are oftentimes 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 pain in other parts of your body.
For instance, with radicular pain, irritation of a nerve can cause prickling or pins and needles in the arm and hand. Similarly, it can affect parts of your body above the injured area, like your head and jaw. Headaches after a crash are very common because of neck injury, and the TMJ works the same way. Dr. Marsh sees this very commonly in our West New York office.
Research shows that the source of many jaw or TMJ problems begins in the cervical spine and that treatment of the underlying neck injury can resolve the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The secret to dealing with these symptoms is simple: Dr. Marsh will work to return your spine back to health, reducing the inflammatory reaction, treating the injured tissues, and removing the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Dr. Marsh finds that jaw and headache issues often resolve once we return your spine to its healthy condition.
If you reside in West New York and you've been injured in a crash, Dr. Marsh can help. We've been working with auto injury patients since 1980, and we can most likely help you, too. Give our office a call today at (201) 869-0830 for an appointment or consultation.
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