Jaw pain is a fairly common condition experienced by people after a car accident, and it can be hard for some doctors to find the root of the issue. Complicating the matter, many times you won't experience TMJ symptoms until many weeks or months after the incident.
Blake Chiropractic & Rehabilitation has treated many men and women with jaw pain after an injury, and the medical literature explains what triggers these types of symptoms. During a auto accident, the tissues in your neck are commonly 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 example, 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 area, like your head and jaw. Headaches after car crash are very common because of neck injury, and the jaw works the same way. Blake Chiropractic & Rehabilitation sees this very often in our Harrisburg office.
Research indicates that the source of many jaw or TMJ problems begins in the cervical spine and that treatment of the underlying neck injury can resolve the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The secret to dealing with these symptoms is simple: Blake Chiropractic & Rehabilitation will work to return your spinal column back to health, decreasing the inflammatory reaction, treating the injured areas, and lessening the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Blake Chiropractic & Rehabilitation has found that jaw and headache symptoms often resolve once we return your spine to its healthy condition.
If you live in Harrisburg and you've been injured in a crash, Blake Chiropractic & Rehabilitation 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 (717) 657-2561 for an appointment or consultation.
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