Jaw or TMJ pain is a fairly typical condition reported by people after a car crash, and it can be tough for some doctors to identify the source of the problem. Complicating the issue, many times you won't experience TMJ pain until many weeks or months after the accident.
Back Pain Chiropractic has helped many men and women with jaw pain after an injury, and the scientific literature explains what triggers these types of symptoms. During a crash, the tissues in your spine are commonly stretched or torn, causing ligament, muscle, or nerve injury. This can obviously cause pain in the neck and back, but since your nervous system is one functioning unit, inflammation of the nerves can cause issues in other parts of your body.
For example, with radicular pain, irritation of a nerve can cause tingling or pins and needles in the arm and hand. Similarly, it can affect parts of your body above the injured tissues, like your head and jaw. Headaches after a crash are very common because of neck injury, and the TMJ works the same way. Back Pain Chiropractic sees this very often in our Texarkana office.
Research indicates that the source of many jaw or TMJ problems starts in the cervical spine and that treatment of the underlying neck injury can resolve the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The secret to dealing with these symptoms is simple: Back Pain Chiropractic will work to restore your spinal column back to health, decreasing the inflammation, treating the injured areas, and eliminating the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Back Pain Chiropractic finds that jaw and headache symptoms often resolve once we restore your spine to its healthy state.
If you live in Texarkana and you've been injured in a car crash, Back Pain Chiropractic can help. We've been treating auto injury patients since 1988, and we can most likely help you, too. Give our office a call today at (870) 774-0951 for an appointment or consultation.
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