Jaw or TMJ pain is a fairly typical condition reported by people after a car wreck, and it can be hard for some health practitioners to identify the source of the problem. Complicating the matter, many times you won't develop TMJ pain until many weeks or months after the incident.
Back Pain Chiropractic has helped many individuals with jaw pain after an injury, and the scientific research explains what triggers these types of problems. During a crash, the tissues in your neck are frequently stretched or torn, causing ligament, muscle, or nerve damage. This can obviously cause pain in the neck and back, but since your central 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 prickling or numbness in the arm and hand. Similarly, it can affect parts of your body above the injury, 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 frequently in our Texarkana office.
Research shows that the source of many jaw or TMJ problems starts in the neck and that treatment of the underlying neck injury can fix the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The trick to resolving these symptoms is simple: Back Pain Chiropractic will work to restore your spinal column back to health, decreasing the inflammation, treating the injured tissues, and removing the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Back Pain Chiropractic has found that jaw and headache symptoms often resolve once we restore your spine to its healthy condition.
If you reside in Texarkana and you've been injured in a car crash, Back Pain Chiropractic can help. We've been working with 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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