Jaw pain is a fairly typical condition experienced by people after a car crash, and it can be tough for some doctors to identify the root of the problem. Complicating the issue, many times you won't develop TMJ pain until many weeks or months after the incident.
Dr. Michael Delson has helped many individuals with jaw pain after an injury, and the scientific literature explains what triggers these types of symptoms. During a collision, the tissues in your spine are oftentimes stretched or torn, causing ligament, muscle, or nerve damage. This can clearly cause pain in the neck and back, but since your nervous system is one functioning unit, irritation of the nerves can cause issues in other parts of your body.
For example, with radicular pain, irritation of a nerve can cause tingling 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 jaw works the same way. Dr. Michael Delson sees this very frequently in our Springfield, MA office.
Research indicates that the source of many jaw or TMJ symptoms originates in the neck and that treatment of the underlying neck injury can fix the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The secret to dealing with these symptoms is simple: Dr. Michael Delson 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 Delson finds that jaw and headache issues often resolve once we restore your spine to its healthy state.
If you reside in Springfield, MA and you've been injured in a crash, Dr. Michael Delson can help. We've been treating auto injury patients since 1996, and we can most likely help you, too. Give our office a call today at (413) 788-4464 for an appointment or consultation.
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