Jaw pain is a fairly typical condition reported by many people after a car crash, and it can be hard for some doctors to diagnose the root of the problem. Complicating the matter, many times you won't experience TMJ pain until many weeks or months after the accident.
Dr. Palmer has treated many people with jaw pain after an injury, and the scientific research explains what produces 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 central nervous system is one functioning unit, inflammation of the nerves can cause problems in other parts of your body.
For example, with radicular pain, irritation of a nerve can cause prickling or numbness 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 collision are very common because of neck injury, and the TMJ works the same way. Dr. Palmer sees this very frequently in our Depew office.
Research shows that the root of many jaw or TMJ symptoms originates in the cervical spine and that treatment of the underlying neck problem can fix the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The secret to resolving these symptoms is simple: Dr. Palmer will work to restore your spine back to health, alleviating the inflammation, treating the injured areas, and eliminating the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Dr. Palmer has found that jaw and headache symptoms often resolve once we return your spine to its healthy state.
If you live in Depew and you've been hurt in a crash, Dr. Palmer can help. We've been working with auto injury patients since 2002, and we can probably help you, too. Give our office a call today at (716) 668-2225 for an appointment or consultation.
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