Jaw pain is a fairly typical problem experienced by many people after a car crash, and it can be tough for some doctors to find the source of the problem. Complicating the issue, very often you won't develop TMJ symptoms until many weeks or months after the original injury.
Dr. Poelking has treated many men and women with jaw pain after an injury, and the medical literature explains what causes these types of symptoms. During a collision, the tissues in your spine are oftentimes 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 instance, 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 wreck are very common because of neck injury, and the TMJ works the same way. Dr. Poelking sees this very frequently in our Kettering office.
Studies have shown that the source of many jaw or TMJ symptoms originates in the neck and that treatment of the underlying neck problem can fix the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The trick to resolving these symptoms is simple: Dr. Poelking will work to restore your spinal column back to health, alleviating the inflammation, treating the injured tissues, and eliminating the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Dr. Poelking finds that jaw and headache symptoms often resolve once we return your spine to its healthy state.
If you live in Kettering and you've been hurt in a crash, Dr. Poelking can help. We've been treating auto injury patients since 1995, and we can probably help you, too. Give our office a call today at (937) 299-2900 for an appointment or consultation.
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