Jaw pain is a fairly common condition reported by people after a car crash, and it can be tough for some doctors to diagnose the cause of the problem. Complicating the matter, oftentimes you won't develop TMJ pain until many weeks or months after the accident.
Dr. Aazami has treated many men and women with jaw pain after an injury, and the scientific research explains what causes 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, 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 pins and needles 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 jaw works the same way. Dr. Aazami sees this very commonly in our Rockville office.
Research shows that the source of many jaw or TMJ problems originates in the neck and that treatment of the underlying neck injury can fix the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The trick to dealing with these symptoms is simple: Dr. Aazami will work to return your spine back to health, decreasing the inflammation, treating the injured tissues, and eliminating the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Dr. Aazami finds that jaw and headache issues often resolve once we return your spine to its healthy condition.
If you live in Rockville and you've been injured in a crash, Dr. Aazami can help. We've been working with auto injury patients since 1995, and we can most likely help you, too. Give our office a call today at (240) 221-2666 for an appointment or consultation.
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