Jaw or TMJ pain is a fairly common condition experienced by people after a car wreck, and it can be tough for some health practitioners to find the source of the problem. Complicating the matter, oftentimes you won't experience TMJ pain until many weeks or months after the original injury.
Dr. Moses Ogbemudia has treated many people with jaw pain after an injury, and the medical research explains what triggers these types of problems. During a crash, the tissues in your spine are frequently stretched or torn, causing ligament, muscle, or nerve damage. This can clearly cause pain in the neck and back, but since your central nervous system is one functioning unit, irritation of the nerves can cause problems in other parts of your body.
For example, 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 tissues, like your head and jaw. Headaches after a wreck are very common because of neck injury, and the TMJ works the same way. Dr. Moses Ogbemudia sees this very commonly in our Capitol Hill, Washington DC office.
Studies have shown that the source of many jaw or TMJ symptoms originates in the cervical spine and that treatment of the underlying neck problem can resolve the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The trick to dealing with these symptoms is simple: Dr. Moses Ogbemudia will work to restore your spine back to health, relieving the inflammatory reaction, treating the injured tissues, and removing the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Dr. Moses Ogbemudia finds that jaw and headache issues often resolve once we restore your spine to its healthy state.
If you reside in Capitol Hill, Washington DC and you've been hurt in a car crash, Dr. Moses Ogbemudia can help. We've been working with auto injury patients since 2001, and we can most likely help you, too. Give our office a call today at (202) 546-2000 for an appointment or consultation.
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