Jaw pain is a fairly common condition experienced by many people after a car accident, and it can be challenging for some doctors to identify the root of the problem. Complicating the matter, many times you won't develop TMJ pain until many weeks or months after a crash.
Dr. Palmer has treated many people with jaw pain after an injury, and the scientific literature explains what triggers these types of symptoms. During a auto collision, the tissues in your neck 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 problems 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 and hand. Similarly, it can affect parts of your body above the injury, like your head and jaw. Headaches after car accident are very common because of neck injury, and the TMJ works the same way. Dr. Palmer sees this very commonly in our Depew office.
Research indicates that the source of many jaw or TMJ problems begins in the neck and that treatment of the underlying neck injury can fix the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The secret to resolving these symptoms is simple: Dr. Palmer will work to restore your spinal column back to health, decreasing the inflammatory reaction, 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 restore your spine to its healthy condition.
If you reside in Depew and you've been injured in a crash, Dr. Palmer can help. We've been working with auto injury patients for many years 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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