Jaw or TMJ pain is a fairly common problem reported by many people after a car crash, and it can be hard for some health practitioners to identify the root of the problem. Complicating the matter, very often you won't develop TMJ symptoms until many weeks or months after the accident.
Dr. Jamie Stern has helped many individuals with jaw pain after an injury, and the medical research explains what causes these types of problems. During a collision, 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 central 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 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 jaw works the same way. Dr. Jamie Stern sees this very commonly in our Sunnyvale, CA office.
Research shows that the source of many jaw or TMJ symptoms starts in the neck and that treatment of the underlying neck problem can fix the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The key to resolving these symptoms is simple: Dr. Jamie Stern will work to restore your spine back to health, alleviating the inflammatory reaction, treating the injured tissues, and removing the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Dr. Jamie Stern has found that jaw and headache issues often resolve once we return your spine to its healthy state.
If you live in Sunnyvale, CA and you've been injured in a crash, Dr. Jamie Stern 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 (415) 308-7636 for an appointment or consultation.
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