Jaw pain is a fairly typical condition experienced by people after a car wreck, and it can be tough for some health practitioners to identify the source of the problem. Complicating the issue, oftentimes you won't experience TMJ symptoms until many weeks or months after the original injury.
Dr. Holland has helped many people with jaw pain after an injury, and the scientific literature explains what causes 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 clearly cause pain in the neck and back, but since your nervous system is one functioning unit, inflammation of the nerves can cause issues in other parts of your body.
For example, with radicular pain, irritation of a nerve can cause tingling or numbness in the arm or hand. Similarly, it can affect parts of your body above the injured area, like your head and jaw. Headaches after a collision are very common because of neck injury, and the TMJ works the same way. Dr. Holland sees this very often in our North St. Louis, MO office.
Research shows that the root of many jaw or TMJ problems begins in the neck 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. Holland will work to restore your spine back to health, reducing the inflammatory reaction, treating the injured tissues, and removing the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Dr. Holland finds that jaw and headache symptoms often resolve once we return your spine to its healthy condition.
If you live in North St. Louis, MO and you've been injured in a crash, Dr. Holland 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 (314) 588-9100 for an appointment.
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