Jaw or TMJ pain is a fairly typical condition experienced by many people after a car crash, and it can be confusing for some health practitioners to find the cause of the problem. Complicating the issue, very often you won't develop TMJ pain until many weeks or months after the original injury.
Dr. Lipsitz has treated many people with jaw pain after an injury, and the scientific research explains what produces these types of symptoms. During a crash, 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 nervous system is one functioning unit, inflammation of the nerves can cause issues in other parts of your body.
For instance, with radicular pain, irritation of a nerve can cause tingling 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. Lipsitz sees this very frequently in our Waldorf, MD office.
Research shows that the root of many jaw or TMJ symptoms originates in the neck and that treatment of the underlying neck problem can resolve the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The trick to dealing with these symptoms is simple: Dr. Lipsitz will work to return your spinal column back to health, relieving the inflammatory reaction, treating the injured tissues, and eliminating the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Dr. Lipsitz has found that jaw and headache issues often resolve once we restore your spine to its healthy state.
If you live in Waldorf, MD and you've been injured in a crash, Dr. Lipsitz can help. We've been working with auto injury patients since 2006, and we can most likely help you, too. Give our office a call today at (301) 645-8898 for an appointment or consultation.
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