Jaw or TMJ pain is a fairly typical problem experienced by many people after a car wreck, and it can be tough for some health practitioners to find the root of the problem. Complicating the issue, oftentimes you won't develop TMJ symptoms until many weeks or months after the accident.
Dr. Remond Weinberg has treated many men and women with jaw pain after an injury, and the scientific research explains what causes these types of symptoms. During a collision, the tissues in your neck 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 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 injury, like your head and jaw. Headaches after a crash are very common because of neck injury, and the jaw works the same way. Dr. Remond Weinberg sees this very commonly in our Smyrna, GA office.
Research indicates 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 key to dealing with these symptoms is simple: Dr. Remond Weinberg will work to restore your spinal column back to health, relieving the inflammation, treating the injured areas, and eliminating the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Dr. Remond Weinberg has found that jaw and headache symptoms often resolve once we return your spine to its healthy condition.
If you reside in Smyrna, GA and you've been hurt in a crash, Dr. Remond Weinberg can help. We've been working with auto injury patients since 1984, and we can probably help you, too. Give our office a call today at (770) 434-8976 for an appointment or consultation.
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