Jaw or TMJ pain is a fairly common problem experienced by people after a auto injury, and it can be hard for some physicians to find the root of the issue. Complicating the matter, very often you won't experience TMJ symptoms until many weeks or months after the incident.
Dr. Dahlager has treated many individuals with jaw pain after an injury, and the medical research explains what triggers these types of symptoms. During a auto injury, the tissues in your spine are often stretched or torn, causing ligament, muscle, or nerve injury. This can obviously cause pain in the neck and back, but since your central nervous system is one functioning unit, inflammation 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 pins and needles in the arm and hand. Similarly, it can affect parts of your body above the injured tissues, like your head and jaw. Headaches after car crash are very common because of neck injury, and the jaw works the same way. Dr. Dahlager sees this very often in our Noblesville office.
Research indicates that the root of many jaw or TMJ problems begins in the neck and that treatment of the underlying neck problem can resolve the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The key to resolving these symptoms is simple: Dr. Dahlager will work to return your spine back to health, decreasing the inflammation, treating the injured tissues, and removing the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Dr. Dahlager has found that jaw and headache symptoms often resolve once we return your spine to its healthy condition.
If you live in Noblesville and you've been injured in a crash, Dr. Dahlager can help. We've been treating auto injury patients for many years and we can most likely help you, too. Give our office a call today at (317) 214-7218 for an appointment or consultation.
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