Jaw or TMJ pain is a fairly typical condition experienced by people after a car crash, and it can be hard for some physicians to identify the cause of the problem. Complicating the matter, very often you won't develop TMJ symptoms until many weeks or months after a crash.
Select Health and Wellness has helped many men and women with jaw pain after an injury, and the scientific literature explains what produces 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, irritation of the nerves can cause pain in other parts of your body.
For instance, with radicular pain, irritation of a nerve can cause tingling or pins and needles in the arm or 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 jaw works the same way. Select Health and Wellness sees this very often in our Jacksonville and 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 problem can resolve the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The trick to dealing with these symptoms is simple: Select Health and Wellness will work to return your spine back to health, alleviating the inflammatory reaction, treating the injured areas, 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 state.
If you reside in Jacksonville and Fleming Island, FL and you've been hurt in a crash, Select Health and Wellness can help. We've been treating 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 or consultation.
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