Jaw or TMJ pain is a fairly typical condition reported by people after a car accident, and it can be challenging for some health practitioners to find the cause of the problem. Complicating the issue, very often you won't experience TMJ symptoms until many weeks or months after the incident.
Dr. Elganainy has helped many people with jaw pain after an injury, and the scientific research explains what triggers these types of problems. During a auto injury, the tissues in your spine are frequently stretched or torn, causing ligament, muscle, or nerve injury. 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 problems 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 tissues, like your head and jaw. Headaches after auto collision are very common because of neck injury, and the jaw works the same way. Dr. Elganainy sees this very often in our Burton office.
Studies have shown that the root of many jaw or TMJ symptoms starts in the neck and that treatment of the underlying neck problem can resolve the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The key to resolving these symptoms is simple: Dr. Elganainy will work to restore your spinal column back to health, reducing the inflammation, treating the injured tissues, and removing the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Dr. Elganainy finds that jaw and headache symptoms often resolve once we restore your spine to its healthy state.
If you reside in Burton and you've been injured in a crash, Dr. Elganainy can help. We've been treating auto injury patients for many years and we can probably help you, too. Give our office a call today at (810) 715-7746 for an appointment or consultation.
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