Jaw or TMJ pain is a fairly typical condition reported by people after a car crash, and it can be challenging for some health practitioners to identify the root of the problem. Complicating the issue, very often you won't experience TMJ symptoms until many weeks or months after a crash.
Dr. Mark Holland has treated many men and women with jaw pain after an injury, and the medical research explains what produces these types of problems. During a collision, the tissues in your neck are oftentimes stretched or torn, causing ligament, muscle, or nerve injury. This can clearly cause pain in the neck and back, but since your central nervous system is one functioning unit, irritation 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 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. Mark Holland sees this very often in our Hazelwood & Florissant, MO office.
Research shows that the source of many jaw or TMJ symptoms originates in the cervical spine and that treatment of the underlying neck problem can fix the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The trick to dealing with these symptoms is simple: Dr. Mark Holland will work to return your spine back to health, decreasing the inflammation, treating the injured areas, and eliminating the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Dr. Mark Holland finds that jaw and headache symptoms often resolve once we restore your spine to its healthy state.
If you live in Hazelwood & Florissant, MO and you've been hurt in a crash, Dr. Mark Holland can help. We've been working with auto injury patients since 2000, and we can most likely help you, too. Give our office a call today at (314) 867-8888 for an appointment or consultation.
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