Jaw pain is a fairly typical problem reported by people after a car crash, and it can be tough for some doctors to identify the source of the problem. Complicating the matter, many times you won't experience TMJ symptoms until many weeks or months after the original injury.
Baker Chiropractic Wellness Center has helped many people with jaw pain after an injury, and the scientific literature explains what triggers these types of symptoms. During a collision, the tissues in your neck are often 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 instance, 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 area, like your head and jaw. Headaches after a collision are very common because of neck injury, and the jaw works the same way. Baker Chiropractic Wellness Center sees this very commonly in our Parma, Middleburg Heights office.
Research indicates that the root of many jaw or TMJ problems begins in the cervical spine and that treatment of the underlying neck problem can resolve the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The trick to resolving these symptoms is simple: Baker Chiropractic Wellness Center will work to return your spinal column back to health, relieving the inflammation, treating the injured tissues, and removing the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Baker Chiropractic Wellness Center finds that jaw and headache issues often resolve once we restore your spine to its healthy condition.
If you live in Parma, Middleburg Heights and you've been hurt in a crash, Baker Chiropractic Wellness Center can help. We've been working with auto injury patients since 2001, and we can probably help you, too. Give our office a call today at (440) 888-6979 for an appointment.
Ciancaglini R, Testa M, Radaelli G. Association of neck pain with symptoms of temporomandibular dysfunction in the general adult population. Scandinavian Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine 1999;31:17-22.
Brantingham JW, Cassa TK, Bonnefin D, Pribicevic M, Robb A, et al. Manipulative and multimodal therapy for upper extremity and temporomandibular disorders: a system review. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2013;36(3):143-201.
Dr. Robb Baker