Mandeville TMJ Pain and Auto Injury
Jaw pain is a fairly common problem reported by people after a car crash, and it can be challenging for some physicians to diagnose the source of the problem. Complicating the issue, oftentimes you won't experience TMJ symptoms until many weeks or months after the accident.
Dr. Schulz has treated many people with jaw pain after an injury, and the scientific literature explains what causes these types of problems. During a crash, the tissues in your neck are often stretched or torn, causing ligament, muscle, or nerve damage. This can clearly 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 example, with radicular pain, irritation of a nerve can cause prickling 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. Dr. Schulz sees this very frequently in our Mandeville office.
Research Proves Chiropractic Helps TMJ Pain After an Auto Accident
Research indicates that the source of many jaw or TMJ problems starts in the neck and that treatment of the underlying neck problem can resolve the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The secret to resolving these symptoms is simple: Dr. Schulz will work to return your spinal column back to health, relieving the inflammatory reaction, treating the injured areas, and removing the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Dr. Schulz finds that jaw and headache symptoms often resolve once we restore your spine to its healthy state.
If you reside in Mandeville and you've been hurt in a crash, Dr. Schulz can help. We've been working with auto injury patients since 2003, and we can most likely help you, too. Give our office a call today at (985) 809-3135 for an appointment or consultation.
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