What does a Ear, Nose, Throat Doctor Do After a Car Accident?
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TMJ is short for "temporomandibular joints."  When a car is struck from behind the person's head is "whipped" backward, and depending on the force of the collision it's possible for the muscles in their lower jaw to experience a large amount of pressure. When this happens the jaw is pulled open and places additional pressure on the sides of the skull where their jaw is attached to the upper head area. Essentially the head and jaw are experiencing opposite forces and TMJ injury can then be the result of the severe whipping motion.

In the typical "whiplash" injury, a victim's head, sitting free above the seat, is whipped toward the point where the car is struck. For example, in a rear-end collision, the car is pushed forward, and the victim's head is whipped backward.

According to May Clinic, an auto accident victim who suffers a TMJ injury may experience any of the following symptoms:

  • 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

Who is an ENT Doctor?

Otolaryngologists are commonly referred to as ENT physicians.

Otolaryngology (pronounced oh/toe/lair/in/goll/oh/jee) is one of the oldest medical specialty in the United States. Otolaryngologists are physicians trained in the medical and surgical management and treatment of patients with diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, throat (ENT), and related structures of the head and neck.

Who is an ENT Doctor Video?

Dr. Jeff Nelson talking about what an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) doctor does and some common illnesses treated by ENTs.

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