Jaw pain is a fairly typical problem experienced by many people after a car crash, and it can be tough for some health practitioners to diagnose the source of the problem. Complicating the issue, oftentimes you won't develop TMJ symptoms until many weeks or months after the accident.
Dr. Michael Chanatry has treated many people with jaw pain after an injury, and the medical research explains what causes these types of symptoms. During a collision, the tissues in your neck are frequently stretched or torn, causing ligament, muscle, or nerve damage. 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 issues 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 injury, like your head and jaw. Headaches after a crash are very common because of neck injury, and the TMJ works the same way. Dr. Michael Chanatry sees this very frequently in our Jacksonville, FL office.
Research shows that the root of many jaw or TMJ problems begins in the neck and that treatment of the underlying neck problem can fix the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The trick to dealing with these symptoms is simple: Dr. Michael Chanatry will work to restore your spinal column back to health, reducing the inflammatory reaction, treating the injured areas, and eliminating the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Dr. Michael Chanatry has found that jaw and headache issues often resolve once we return your spine to its healthy condition.
If you live in Jacksonville, FL and you've been hurt in a crash, Dr. Michael Chanatry can help. We've been treating auto injury patients since 1984, and we can most likely help you, too. Give our office a call today at (904) 743-6700 for an appointment or consultation.
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