Jaw pain is a fairly typical problem experienced by people after a car accident, and it can be tough for some doctors to find the cause of the problem. Complicating the issue, very often you won't experience TMJ symptoms until many weeks or months after a crash.
Dr. Six has helped many men and women with jaw pain after an injury, and the medical research explains what produces these types of problems. During a collision, the tissues in your neck are frequently 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, irritation of the nerves can cause issues 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 TMJ works the same way. Dr. Six sees this very commonly in our Great Falls, MT office.
Research shows that the root of many jaw or TMJ problems originates in the cervical spine and that treatment of the underlying neck injury can fix the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The secret to resolving these symptoms is simple: Dr. Six will work to restore your spine back to health, decreasing the inflammation, treating the injured tissues, and eliminating the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Dr. Six finds that jaw and headache issues often resolve once we return your spine to its healthy state.
If you reside in Great Falls, MT and you've been injured in a crash, Dr. Six can help. We've been working with auto injury patients since 1983, and we can probably help you, too. Give our office a call today at (406) 452-6929 for an appointment or consultation.
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