Jaw pain is a fairly typical condition reported by people after a auto accident, and it can be challenging for some physicians to identify the cause of the problem. Complicating the issue, oftentimes you won't experience TMJ symptoms until many weeks or months after the original injury.
Back Pain Chiropractic has treated many individuals with jaw pain after an injury, and the scientific research explains what causes these types of symptoms. During a auto collision, the tissues in your neck 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 prickling or numbness in the arm or hand. Similarly, it can affect parts of your body above the injured area, like your head and jaw. Headaches after auto injury are very common because of neck injury, and the jaw works the same way. Back Pain Chiropractic sees this very commonly in our Texarkana office.
Studies have shown that the root 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 key to resolving these symptoms is simple: Back Pain Chiropractic will work to return your spine back to health, alleviating 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 return your spine to its healthy condition.
If you reside in Texarkana and you've been injured in a crash, Back Pain Chiropractic can help. We've been working with auto injury patients for many years 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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