TMJ (temporomandibular joint) injuries after a car accident
Auto accident victims who experience a blow to the head may end up with “TMJ”
The pain, discomfort and functional limitations caused by “TMJ,” formally known as a temporomandibular joint injury, can be debilitating and disruptive to an auto accident victim’s life.
Below are frequently asked questions about TMJ and car accidents. For help from a personal injury attorney, feel free to call Michigan Auto Law at (800) 777-0028. There’s no fee or obligation.
- What is the TMJ, or temporomandibular joint?
- What is a TMJ injury that a Michigan auto accident victim might suffer?
- Can a car or truck accident cause a TMJ injury?
- How do doctors and dentists diagnose TMJ injuries in Michigan auto accident victims?
- What are the treatment options for a TMJ injury?
The TMJ, or temporomandibular joint is the joint where a person’s lower jawbone meets the skull. Located on each side of a person’s head, this joint allows a person to talk, chew and yawn.
An auto accident victim who suffers a TMJ injury may experience any of the following symptoms, according to the Mayo Clinic:
- Pain or tenderness in the jaw,
- Aching pain in and around one’s ear,
- Difficulty or pain with chewing,
- Facial pain,
- The TMJ locks, making it difficult to open or close one’s mouth,
- Limitation of movement,
- Clicking (when associated with pain or limited movement),
- An uneven bite.
Yes. To the extent that an automobile accident involves a blow or impact to the head and/or TMJ area, a crash can cause a TMJ injury.
If a car accident victim’s doctor or dentist suspects the victim is suffering from a TMJ injury, the doctor or dentist may order diagnostic imaging tests such as X-rays, CT (Computerized Tomography) scans or MRIs (Magnetic Resonance Imaging).
There are several levels of treatment for a TMJ injury that a patient may be prescribed, according to the Mayo Clinic.
- First, there are medications, such as painkillers, antidepressants, muscle relaxants and steroid injections.
- Second, auto accident victims may be prescribed therapies involving a bite guard and/or cognitive behavioral therapy.
- Third, a doctor or dentist may recommend that a person suffering from a TMJ injury undergo corrective dental treatment or, possibly, repair or replacement surgery.
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If you’ve suffered TMJ due to another person’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering.
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