Jaw pain is a fairly common condition experienced by people after a car wreck, and it can be challenging for some doctors to diagnose the source of the problem. Complicating the matter, very often you won't experience TMJ symptoms until many weeks or months after a crash.
Dr. Palmer at Buffalo Chiropractic Center has treated many men and women with jaw pain after an injury, and the scientific research explains what triggers these types of symptoms. During a collision, the tissues in your spine are oftentimes 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, irritation 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 pins and needles in the arm and 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 TMJ works the same way. Buffalo Chiropractic Center sees this very commonly in our Depew/Lancaster office.
Studies have shown that the source of many jaw or TMJ symptoms starts in the cervical spine and that treatment of the underlying neck problem can resolve the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The secret to dealing with these symptoms is simple: Dr. Palmer will work to return your spinal column back to health, reducing the inflammatory reaction, treating the injured tissues, and removing the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Buffalo Chiropractic Center finds that jaw and headache symptoms often resolve once we return your spine to its healthy state.
If you live in Depew or Lancaster and you've been hurt in a crash, Dr. Palmer can help. We've been working with auto injury patients for many years, and we can probably help you, too. Give our office a call today at (716) 668-2225 for an appointment.
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