Jaw or TMJ pain is a fairly common condition experienced by many people after a car crash, and it can be hard for some health practitioners to find the root of the problem. Complicating the issue, many times you won't experience TMJ pain until many weeks or months after a crash.
Dr. Palmer has helped many people with jaw pain after an injury, and the medical literature explains what produces these types of symptoms. During a crash, the tissues in your spine are often 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 issues in other parts of your body.
For example, with radicular pain, irritation of a nerve can cause tingling or numbness in the arm or hand. Similarly, it can affect parts of your body above the injured area, like your head and jaw. Headaches after a wreck are very common because of neck injury, and the jaw works the same way. Dr. Palmer sees this very often in our Depew office.
Research shows that the root of many jaw or TMJ symptoms starts 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 return your spinal column back to health, reducing the inflammation, treating the injured tissues, and removing the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Dr. Palmer finds that jaw and headache symptoms often resolve once we return your spine to its healthy condition.
If you live in Depew and you've been injured in a crash, Dr. Palmer can help. We've been treating auto injury patients since 2002, and we can most likely help you, too. Give our office a call today at (716) 668-2225 for an appointment or consultation.
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