Jaw or TMJ pain is a fairly typical problem experienced by many people after a car accident, and it can be hard for some doctors to identify the cause of the problem. Complicating the matter, very often you won't experience TMJ symptoms until many weeks or months after the original injury.
Weary Chiropractic Clinic has treated many people with jaw pain after an injury, and the medical research explains what causes these types of symptoms. During a crash, the tissues in your spine are frequently stretched or torn, causing ligament, muscle, or nerve injury. This can clearly 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 instance, 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 tissues, like your head and jaw. Headaches after a crash are very common because of neck injury, and the jaw works the same way. Weary Chiropractic Clinic sees this very commonly in our Prescott office.
Research indicates that the root of many jaw or TMJ problems originates in the neck and that treatment of the underlying neck problem can fix the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The secret to dealing with these symptoms is simple: Weary Chiropractic Clinic will work to return your spine back to health, reducing the inflammatory reaction, treating the injured tissues, and removing the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Weary Chiropractic Clinic finds that jaw and headache issues often resolve once we return your spine to its healthy state.
If you live in Prescott and you've been hurt in a crash, Weary Chiropractic Clinic can help. We've been treating auto injury patients since 1982, and we can probably help you, too. Give our office a call today at (928) 778-2227 for an appointment or consultation.
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