Jaw pain is a fairly typical condition experienced by people after a car crash, and it can be challenging for some physicians to diagnose the source of the problem. Complicating the matter, oftentimes you won't experience TMJ symptoms until many weeks or months after the original injury.
Select Health and Wellness 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 often stretched or torn, causing ligament, muscle, or nerve injury. This can clearly cause pain in the neck and back, but since your central nervous system is one functioning unit, inflammation of the nerves can cause pain 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 area, like your head and jaw. Headaches after a collision are very common because of neck injury, and the TMJ works the same way. Select Health and Wellness sees this very commonly in our Fleming Island, FL office.
Research shows that the root of many jaw or TMJ problems begins in the cervical spine and that treatment of the underlying neck injury can fix the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The secret to resolving these symptoms is simple: Select Health and Wellness will work to return your spine back to health, relieving the inflammatory reaction, treating the injured tissues, and removing the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Select Health and Wellness finds that jaw and headache issues often resolve once we restore your spine to its healthy condition.
If you live in Fleming Island, FL and you've been injured in a crash, Select Health and Wellness can help. We've been working with auto injury patients since 2014, and we can most likely help you, too. Give our office a call today at (904) 425-9060 for an appointment.
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