Jaw pain is a fairly typical problem reported by people after a car accident, and it can be challenging for some physicians to identify the root of the problem. Complicating the matter, oftentimes you won't develop TMJ pain until many weeks or months after a crash.
Dr. Steve Eustice has helped many individuals with jaw pain after an injury, and the scientific research explains what produces these types of symptoms. During a crash, the tissues in your spine are commonly stretched or torn, causing ligament, muscle, or nerve injury. This can obviously cause pain in the neck and back, but since your 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 numbness in the arm and 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. Steve Eustice sees this very frequently in our Denton, TX office.
Research shows that the root of many jaw or TMJ problems originates in the neck and that treatment of the underlying neck injury can fix the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The trick to dealing with these symptoms is simple: Dr. Steve Eustice will work to restore your spine back to health, reducing the inflammatory reaction, treating the injured tissues, and eliminating the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Dr. Steve Eustice finds that jaw and headache symptoms often resolve once we return your spine to its healthy condition.
If you reside in Denton, TX and you've been hurt in a crash, Dr. Steve Eustice can help. We've been treating auto injury patients since 2000, and we can most likely help you, too. Give our office a call today at (940) 591-9097 for an appointment or consultation.
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