Jaw pain is a fairly typical problem experienced by many people after a car wreck, and it can be tough for some doctors to identify the cause of the problem. Complicating the issue, oftentimes you won't develop TMJ pain until many weeks or months after the original injury.
North Road Chiropractic has helped many people with jaw pain after an injury, and the scientific literature explains what produces these types of symptoms. During a collision, the tissues in your neck are frequently 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 problems in other parts of your body.
For example, with radicular pain, irritation of a nerve can cause tingling or pins and needles 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 collision are very common because of neck injury, and the TMJ works the same way. North Road Chiropractic sees this very commonly in our Oakleigh office.
Research shows that the source of many jaw or TMJ symptoms begins in the neck and that treatment of the underlying neck injury can resolve the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The trick to resolving these symptoms is simple: North Road Chiropractic will work to return your spinal column back to health, reducing the inflammation, treating the injured areas, and removing the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
North Road Chiropractic has found that jaw and headache symptoms often resolve once we restore your spine to its healthy condition.
If you reside in Oakleigh and you've been injured in a crash, North Road Chiropractic can help. We've been treating auto injury patients since 2000, and we can most likely help you, too. Give our office a call today at (03) 9579 2699 for an appointment.
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