Jaw pain is a fairly typical condition experienced by people after a auto injury, and it can be difficult for some health practitioners to find the root of the problem. Complicating the matter, many times you won't experience TMJ pain until many weeks or months after the incident.
Dr. Berklich has helped many individuals with jaw pain after an injury, and the scientific literature explains what produces these types of symptoms. During a auto injury, the tissues in your spine are often stretched or torn, causing ligament, muscle, or nerve injury. This can clearly cause pain in the neck and back, but since your central nervous system is one functioning unit, inflammation of the nerves can cause pain in other parts of your body.
For example, 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 area, like your head and jaw. Headaches after car accident are very common because of neck injury, and the TMJ works the same way. Dr. Berklich sees this very often in our Alpharetta office.
Studies have shown that the source of many jaw or TMJ problems begins in the cervical spine and that treatment of the underlying neck problem can fix the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The trick to dealing with these symptoms is simple: Dr. Berklich will work to restore your spinal column back to health, relieving the inflammatory reaction, treating the injured tissues, and removing the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Dr. Berklich has found that jaw and headache symptoms often resolve once we restore your spine to its healthy state.
If you live in Alpharetta and you've been hurt in a car crash, Dr. Berklich can help. We've been working with auto injury patients for many years and we can most likely help you, too. Give our office a call today at (770) 475-2225 for an appointment or consultation.
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