Jaw pain is a fairly typical condition reported by people after a car crash, and it can be tough for some physicians to diagnose the root of the problem. Complicating the matter, oftentimes you won't develop TMJ symptoms until many weeks or months after the original injury.
Kauffman Chiropractic has helped many people with jaw pain after an injury, and the medical research explains what produces these types of symptoms. During a collision, the tissues in your spine are commonly 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 pain 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 tissues, like your head and jaw. Headaches after a crash are very common because of neck injury, and the TMJ works the same way. Kauffman Chiropractic sees this very commonly in our Loveland office.
Research shows that the source of many jaw or TMJ symptoms starts in the cervical spine and that treatment of the underlying neck problem can resolve the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The secret to dealing with these symptoms is simple: Kauffman Chiropractic will work to restore your spine back to health, reducing the inflammatory reaction, treating the injured tissues, and removing the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Kauffman Chiropractic has found that jaw and headache issues often resolve once we restore your spine to its healthy state.
If you reside in Loveland and you've been injured in a crash, Kauffman Chiropractic can help. We've been working with auto injury patients since 2012, and we can most likely help you, too. Give our office a call today at (513) 444-4529 for an appointment.
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