Jaw or TMJ pain is a fairly common condition experienced by people after a car accident, and it can be tough for some health practitioners to diagnose the cause of the problem. Complicating the matter, very often you won't develop TMJ pain until many weeks or months after the incident.
Dr. Denise Carradine has treated many people with jaw pain after an injury, and the scientific research explains what triggers these types of problems. During a collision, the tissues in your neck are oftentimes stretched or torn, causing ligament, muscle, or nerve damage. This can obviously cause pain in the neck and back, but since your central nervous system is one functioning unit, inflammation of the nerves can cause pain 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 or 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. Denise Carradine sees this very frequently in our Boardman, OH office.
Studies have shown that the source of many jaw or TMJ symptoms begins in the neck and that treatment of the underlying neck injury can fix the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The trick to dealing with these symptoms is simple: Dr. Denise Carradine will work to return your spinal column back to health, decreasing the inflammatory reaction, treating the injured tissues, and removing the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Dr. Denise Carradine finds that jaw and headache symptoms often resolve once we return your spine to its healthy state.
If you reside in Boardman, OH and you've been hurt in a crash, Dr. Denise Carradine can help. We've been working with auto injury patients since 1993, and we can probably help you, too. Give our office a call today at (330) 758-4446 for an appointment or consultation.
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