Jaw pain is a fairly common condition experienced by many people after a car wreck, and it can be hard for some physicians to diagnose the root of the problem. Complicating the matter, many times you won't develop TMJ pain until many weeks or months after the accident.
Robert C Slater, DC has helped many men and women with jaw pain after an injury, and the medical literature explains what produces 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 obviously cause pain in the neck and back, but since your nervous system is one functioning unit, inflammation of the nerves can cause pain in other parts of your body.
For instance, with radicular pain, irritation of a nerve can cause tingling or numbness in the arm or 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. Robert C Slater, DC sees this very often in our Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota office.
Studies have shown that the source of many jaw or TMJ symptoms begins in the neck and that treatment of the underlying neck injury can resolve the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The secret to dealing with these symptoms is simple: Robert C Slater, DC will work to return your spine back to health, reducing the inflammatory reaction, treating the injured areas, and eliminating the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Robert C Slater, DC has found that jaw and headache issues often resolve once we restore your spine to its healthy state.
If you reside in Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota and you've been hurt in a car crash, Robert C Slater, DC can help. We've been treating auto injury patients since 1980, and we can most likely help you, too. Give our office a call today at (651) 699-3366 for an appointment or consultation.
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