Jaw or TMJ pain is a fairly common problem experienced by many people after a car accident, and it can be hard for some doctors to find the source of the problem. Complicating the matter, oftentimes you won't develop TMJ symptoms until many weeks or months after a crash.
Dr. Michael Wagner D.C. has treated many men and women with jaw pain after an injury, and the scientific research explains what produces these types of symptoms. During a collision, the tissues in your spine are commonly stretched or torn, causing ligament, muscle, or nerve damage. This can clearly 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 tingling or pins and needles in the arm and 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. Michael Wagner D.C. sees this very commonly in our Alexandria, KY office.
Studies have shown that the source of many jaw or TMJ symptoms starts in the neck and that treatment of the underlying neck problem can resolve the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The key to dealing with these symptoms is simple: Dr. Michael Wagner D.C. will work to restore your spine back to health, reducing the inflammation, treating the injured areas, and removing the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Dr. Michael Wagner D.C. has found that jaw and headache issues often resolve once we restore your spine to its healthy condition.
If you reside in Alexandria, KY and you've been injured in a car crash, Dr. Michael Wagner D.C. can help. We've been working with auto injury patients since 2014, and we can most likely help you, too. Give our office a call today at (859) 448-0056 for an appointment or consultation.
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