Jaw pain is a fairly common problem experienced by many people after a car crash, and it can be tough for some physicians to find the cause of the problem. Complicating the issue, very often you won't experience TMJ pain until many weeks or months after a crash.
Dr. Groneck has helped many men and women with jaw pain after an injury, and the scientific literature explains what causes these types of symptoms. During a collision, the tissues in your neck are frequently stretched or torn, causing ligament, muscle, or nerve injury. This can obviously cause pain in the neck and back, but since your central nervous system is one functioning unit, inflammation of the nerves can cause issues in other parts of your body.
For instance, with radicular pain, irritation of a nerve can cause prickling or numbness in the arm or hand. Similarly, it can affect parts of your body above the injury, like your head and jaw. Headaches after a crash are very common because of neck injury, and the TMJ works the same way. Dr. Groneck sees this very often in our Humble office.
Studies have shown that the source of many jaw or TMJ symptoms begins in the neck and that treatment of the underlying neck problem can fix the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The key to resolving these symptoms is simple: Dr. Groneck will work to restore your spinal column back to health, reducing the inflammation, treating the injured tissues, and eliminating the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Dr. Groneck has found that jaw and headache symptoms often resolve once we restore your spine to its healthy condition.
If you live in Humble and you've been hurt in a car crash, Dr. Groneck can help. We've been treating auto injury patients since 2000, and we can probably help you, too. Give our office a call today at (281) 540-7201 for an appointment or consultation.
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