Jaw or TMJ pain is a fairly typical problem experienced by many people after a car accident, and it can be tough for some doctors to diagnose the source of the problem. Complicating the issue, oftentimes you won't develop TMJ symptoms until many weeks or months after a crash.
Dr. BenEliyahu has treated many men and women 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 frequently 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, 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 and 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 TMJ works the same way. Dr. BenEliyahu sees this very frequently in our Selden and Coram, NY office.
Studies have shown that the root of many jaw or TMJ symptoms begins in the cervical spine and that treatment of the underlying neck injury can fix the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The secret to dealing with these symptoms is simple: Dr. BenEliyahu will work to restore your spinal column back to health, reducing the inflammation, treating the injured areas, and removing the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Dr. BenEliyahu finds that jaw and headache symptoms often resolve once we return your spine to its healthy condition.
If you reside in Selden and Coram, NY and you've been hurt in a car crash, Dr. BenEliyahu can help. We've been working with auto injury patients since 1983, and we can most likely help you, too. Give our office a call today at (631) 736-4414 for an appointment or consultation.
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