Jaw or TMJ pain is a fairly typical condition reported by people after a car wreck, and it can be hard for some health practitioners to diagnose the source of the problem. Complicating the matter, oftentimes you won't develop TMJ symptoms until many weeks or months after a crash.
Bridesburg Spine and Injury Clinic has helped many men and women with jaw pain after an injury, and the medical literature explains what triggers these types of symptoms. During a crash, 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 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 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 collision are very common because of neck injury, and the TMJ works the same way. Bridesburg Spine and Injury Clinic sees this very frequently in our Philadelphia office.
Research shows that the root of many jaw or TMJ symptoms begins in the cervical spine and that treatment of the underlying neck problem can fix the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The secret to dealing with these symptoms is simple: Bridesburg Spine and Injury Clinic will work to return your spine back to health, alleviating the inflammation, treating the injured areas, and removing the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Bridesburg Spine and Injury Clinic has found that jaw and headache symptoms often resolve once we restore your spine to its healthy condition.
If you reside in Philadelphia and you've been hurt in a car crash, Bridesburg Spine and Injury Clinic can help. We've been working with auto injury patients since 2007, and we can most likely help you, too. Give our office a call today at (215) 743-5330 for an appointment or consultation.
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