Aug 22

TMJ and TMDs After a Car Accident

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 After your car accident, you feel pain in or around your ear.  Also, headaches and maybe even pain or tenderness in or around your jaw.  What is causing that pain?  It could be TMJ or a TMD.

TMJ is an abbreviation for Temporomandibular Joint–the joint that connects the lower jaw to the temporal area of the head.  A Temporomadibular disorder (TMD) describes a disorder that can involve these jaw joints, muscles and teeth.  TMDs are musculoskeletal disorders arising mostly after trauma such as a car accident or a blow to the face. 

Warning signs and symptoms of TMJ or TMD include:

  • Pain or tenderness in or around the jaw.
  • Headaches
  • Facial pain including tenderness or spasm.
  • Pain ion or around your ear.
  • Dizziness.
  • Clicking sound or grating sensation when opening your mouth or chewing.

Treatment for TMJ or TMD include splint therapy (an oral appliance that helps relax facial muscles and relieves stress in the jaw joint); physical/massage therapy; medication; physical/dietary changes; and surgery when medically necessary.

Often times, TMJ or a TMD is not readily picked up on after a car accident.  Because the symptoms are similar to a neck injury, often times a diagnosis and treatment is postponed which results in a delayed recovery.  If you are experiencing symptoms that could be related to TMJ or a TMD, you should talk with your doctor about a referral to a TMJ specialist.

If your TMJ is a result of a Florida car accident, I encourage you to contact me to discuss your rights.  Insurance companies have lawyers working for them. so should you!  My Tampa Bay personal injury law firm has been caring for clients since 1955.

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