Jaw or TMJ pain is a fairly typical condition reported by many people after a car crash, and it can be challenging for some doctors to identify the cause of the problem. Complicating the issue, many times you won’t develop TMJ symptoms until many weeks or months after a crash.
Dr. Joseph Hakimi has treated many people with jaw pain after an injury, and the scientific research explains what causes these types of symptoms. During a crash, the tissues in your neck are frequently 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, 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 or hand. Similarly, it can affect parts of your body above the injured area, like your head and jaw. Headaches after a crash are very common because of a neck injury, and the TMJ works the same way. Dr. Joseph Hakimi sees this very frequently in our Mid-Wilshire, LA office.
Studies have shown that the root of many jaw or TMJ problems starts in the neck and that treatment of the underlying neck problem can resolve the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The secret to resolving these symptoms is simple: Dr. Joseph Hakimi will work to restore your spine back to health, relieving the inflammation, treating the injured tissues, and removing the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Dr. Joseph Hakimi finds that jaw and headache symptoms often resolve once we restore your spine to its healthy state.
If you reside in Mid-Wilshire, LA and you’ve been injured in a crash, Dr. Joseph Hakimi can help. We’ve been treating auto injury patients since 1998, and we can probably help you, too. Give our office a call today at (213) 984-4575 for an appointment.
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