Jaw or TMJ pain is a fairly typical problem experienced by many people after a car wreck, and it can be tough for some health practitioners to identify the cause of the problem. Complicating the issue, oftentimes you won't experience TMJ pain until many weeks or months after a crash.
Dr. Spiropoulos has treated many men and women with jaw pain after an injury, and the medical literature explains what produces these types of symptoms. During a crash, the tissues in your spine are oftentimes stretched or torn, causing ligament, muscle, or nerve damage. This can obviously 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 prickling 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. Spiropoulos sees this very frequently in our Moon Township office.
Research shows that the source of many jaw or TMJ symptoms originates in the cervical spine and that treatment of the underlying neck injury can fix the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The key to dealing with these symptoms is simple: Dr. Spiropoulos will work to return your spinal column back to health, alleviating the inflammatory reaction, treating the injured areas, and eliminating the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Dr. Spiropoulos has found that jaw and headache issues often resolve once we restore your spine to its healthy condition.
If you reside in Moon Township and you've been injured in a crash, Dr. Spiropoulos can help. We've been treating auto injury patients since 2010, and we can most likely help you, too. Give our office a call today at (724) 513-0521 for an appointment or consultation.
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