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August 31, 2011 4:15 AM Subscribe
Due to a recent and very vigorous visit to pukesville, I'm pretty sure that I've dislocated my jaw. Would a walk-in clinic or urgent care clinic (if those exist) be able to put my jawbones back in order, or does this mean a lengthy trip to the ER? I am in downtown Toronto.
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (10 answers total)
I noticed on the day following my middle-of-the-night escapade that the part of my jaw just in front of my right ear hurt like hell. I also noticed that the teeth on the left side of my mouth were highly sensitive, almost as though they were swollen due to an infection. I assumed at this point that the cause of my trouble was merely a pulled muscle, an inner ear infection... or possibly lockjaw since I'd accidentally stabbed myself with a dirty bike tool a few days before.
Five days later, since the pain wasn't subsiding, I finally put two and two together and realized (a) that my jaw actually hangs a bit askew, (b) that I can only in fact bite down on the left side of my mouth, and (c) that if I try to bite down hard on the right side, my brain explains to me that this is the most painful and therefore stupidest thing I have ever done in my life, and that the only sensible thing to do is to stop doing it immediately. I then proceed to bite down a couple more times just to make sure my theory is correct.
(a) would a walk-in clinic be able to pop this bad boy back into place?
(b) if not, would an urgent care clinic be able to manhandle my mandible?
(c) or, if no such clinics exist, does this then mean I have to go to the ever-so-dreadful ER?
My sole reason for asking is that I don't want to wait a day or three at the bottom of an ER triage list to be seen for something that is really quite non-emergent (by this point, anyways) and not painful at all (except when I try to bite stuff) if I could just get it handled at a much closer, quicker, and more convenient venue. I thought about trying to reseat it myself, but then got scared and figured that with my luck, I'd unhook it completely and it'd fall right off or something. I really have no clue what the best course of action is, and I'm waiting until tomorrow morning to leave.