Jaw pain is a fairly typical problem reported by many people after a car accident, and it can be tough for some health practitioners to diagnose the root of the problem. Complicating the issue, many times you won't experience TMJ symptoms until many weeks or months after a crash.
Dr. Robert Stein & Dr. Brian Lerman has helped many individuals with jaw pain after an injury, and the scientific literature explains what causes these types of symptoms. During a collision, the tissues in your spine are commonly stretched or torn, causing ligament, muscle, or nerve injury. 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 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 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. Robert Stein & Dr. Brian Lerman sees this very frequently in our Pikesville & Baltimore, MD office.
Research indicates that the source of many jaw or TMJ symptoms begins in the neck and that treatment of the underlying neck injury can resolve the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The key to dealing with these symptoms is simple: Dr. Robert Stein & Dr. Brian Lerman will work to return your spinal column back to health, decreasing the inflammation, treating the injured tissues, and removing the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Dr. Robert Stein & Dr. Brian Lerman finds that jaw and headache issues often resolve once we return your spine to its healthy state.
If you reside in Pikesville & Baltimore, MD and you've been injured in a crash, Dr. Robert Stein & Dr. Brian Lerman can help. We've been treating auto injury patients since 1993, and we can most likely help you, too. Give our office a call today at (410) 581-9966 for an appointment or consultation.
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