Jaw pain is a fairly typical condition experienced by many people after a car wreck, and it can be hard for some physicians to find the cause of the problem. Complicating the issue, many times you won't develop TMJ pain until many weeks or months after a crash.
Sweeney Chiropractic has helped many individuals with jaw pain after an injury, and the medical research explains what causes these types of problems. During a crash, the tissues in your neck are commonly stretched or torn, causing ligament, muscle, or nerve damage. This can obviously cause pain in the neck and back, but since your nervous system is one functioning unit, inflammation of the nerves can cause issues 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 area, like your head and jaw. Headaches after a collision are very common because of neck injury, and the jaw works the same way. Sweeney Chiropractic sees this very often in our Nashville office.
Research shows that the source of many jaw or TMJ problems begins in the neck and that treatment of the underlying neck problem can fix the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The secret to resolving these symptoms is simple: Sweeney Chiropractic will work to restore your spinal column back to health, alleviating the inflammation, treating the injured tissues, and eliminating the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Sweeney Chiropractic has found that jaw and headache symptoms often resolve once we return your spine to its healthy state.
If you reside in Nashville and you've been hurt in a crash, Sweeney Chiropractic can help. We've been working with auto injury patients since 2004, and we can probably help you, too. Give our office a call today at (615) 331-7040 for an appointment or consultation.
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