Jaw or TMJ pain is a fairly typical condition reported by people after a car wreck, and it can be challenging for some doctors to find the root of the problem. Complicating the matter, many times you won't experience TMJ symptoms until many weeks or months after the incident.
Frank Bendiks, DC, PC has treated many individuals with jaw pain after an injury, and the scientific research explains what causes 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 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 and hand. Similarly, it can affect parts of your body above the injury, like your head and jaw. Headaches after a crash are very common because of neck injury, and the jaw works the same way. Frank Bendiks, DC, PC sees this very frequently in our Naperville, IL office.
Studies have shown that the root of many jaw or TMJ symptoms starts in the neck and that treatment of the underlying neck injury can fix the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The key to resolving these symptoms is simple: Frank Bendiks, DC, PC will work to restore your spinal column back to health, alleviating the inflammatory reaction, treating the injured tissues, and eliminating the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Frank Bendiks, DC, PC has found that jaw and headache issues often resolve once we restore your spine to its healthy condition.
If you live in Naperville, IL and you've been hurt in a car crash, Frank Bendiks, DC, PC can help. We've been working with auto injury patients since 1984, and we can probably help you, too. Give our office a call today at (630) 301-0054 for an appointment or consultation.
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