Jaw pain is a fairly common condition experienced by many people after a car crash, and it can be tough for some health practitioners to diagnose the root of the problem. Complicating the issue, oftentimes you won't develop TMJ pain until many weeks or months after a crash.
Dr. Craig Selzer has treated many individuals 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 central 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 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 collision are very common because of neck injury, and the TMJ works the same way. Dr. Craig Selzer sees this very frequently in our Bay Shore office.
Research indicates that the source of many jaw or TMJ problems starts in the cervical spine and that treatment of the underlying neck injury can fix the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The key to resolving these symptoms is simple: Dr. Craig Selzer will work to restore your spine back to health, alleviating the inflammatory reaction, treating the injured areas, and removing the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Dr. Craig Selzer finds that jaw and headache symptoms often resolve once we return your spine to its healthy state.
If you reside in Bay Shore and you've been hurt in a crash, Dr. Craig Selzer 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 (631) 665-3714 for an appointment.
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