Jaw pain is a fairly common condition experienced by people after a car accident, and it can be tough for some physicians to find the cause of the problem. Complicating the issue, very often you won't experience TMJ symptoms until many weeks or months after a crash.
Dr. Linton has treated many men and women with jaw pain after an injury, and the scientific literature explains what produces these types of problems. During a collision, the tissues in your spine are commonly stretched or torn, causing ligament, muscle, or nerve damage. This can clearly 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 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 wreck are very common because of neck injury, and the TMJ works the same way. Dr. Linton sees this very commonly in our Mt Sterling 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. Linton will work to return your spine back to health, relieving the inflammation, treating the injured areas, and eliminating the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Dr. Linton finds that jaw and headache issues often resolve once we restore your spine to its healthy state.
If you reside in Mt Sterling and you've been hurt in a crash, Dr. Linton can help. We've been treating auto injury patients since 2000, and we can probably help you, too. Give our office a call today at (859) 499-1009 for an appointment or consultation.
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