Jaw or TMJ pain is a fairly common condition experienced by many people after a car crash, and it can be confusing for some doctors to identify the source of the problem. Complicating the issue, many times you won't experience TMJ symptoms until many weeks or months after the original injury.
Dr. Linton has treated many people with jaw pain after an injury, and the medical literature explains what triggers these types of symptoms. During a crash, the tissues in your neck are often stretched or torn, causing ligament, muscle, or nerve damage. This can obviously cause pain in the neck and back, but since your nervous system is one functioning unit, inflammation of the nerves can cause problems in other parts of your body.
For instance, with radicular pain, irritation of a nerve can cause prickling or numbness in the arm or 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. Linton sees this very commonly in our Mt Sterling office.
Research shows that the root of many jaw or TMJ symptoms originates in the neck and that treatment of the underlying neck injury can fix the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The secret to resolving these symptoms is simple: Dr. Linton will work to return your spinal column back to health, alleviating the inflammation, treating the injured areas, and removing the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Dr. Linton has found that jaw and headache issues often resolve once we restore your spine to its healthy condition.
If you reside in Mt Sterling and you've been hurt in a crash, Dr. Linton can help. We've been working with 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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