Jaw or TMJ pain is a fairly typical condition experienced by many people after a car wreck, and it can be tough for some health practitioners to diagnose the source of the problem. Complicating the matter, oftentimes you won't experience TMJ symptoms until many weeks or months after a crash.
Chiropractic Care & Rehab Center has helped many individuals with jaw pain after an injury, and the scientific literature explains what causes these types of problems. During a collision, the tissues in your neck 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, 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 and hand. Similarly, it can affect parts of your body above the injured tissues, like your head and jaw. Headaches after a wreck are very common because of neck injury, and the TMJ works the same way. Chiropractic Care & Rehab Center sees this very often in our Estero, Bonita Springs office.
Research indicates that the root of many jaw or TMJ symptoms begins in the neck and that treatment of the underlying neck injury can fix the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The trick to dealing with these symptoms is simple: Chiropractic Care & Rehab Center will work to return your spinal column back to health, relieving the inflammatory reaction, treating the injured tissues, and removing the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Chiropractic Care & Rehab Center finds that jaw and headache issues often resolve once we return your spine to its healthy state.
If you reside in Estero, Bonita Springs and you've been injured in a crash, Chiropractic Care & Rehab Center can help. We've been treating auto injury patients since 2006, and we can probably help you, too. Give our office a call today at (239) 495-1166 for an appointment.
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