Jaw or TMJ Pain from Auto Injuries
Jaw or temporomandibular joint pain is often seen after a car crash, even when there is no principal injury to the face. The condition can be confusing to health professionals, as, oftentimes, the jaw problems may not appear immediately after the injury, oftentimes developing weeks or perhaps months later.
We've worked with many Schererville auto injury patients in the last 23 years, and we've seen jaw symptoms after accidents many times and have success treating this problem.
New research from the last 10 years suggests that jaw discomfort after an auto collision actually originates in the spine.
When your spine is sprained during a wreck, the pain signals travel from the spinal column to your brainstem. Here, nerve fibers from many different regions of the body meet together before they pass to the pain centers of your brain.
When these nerves converge, the impulses can get mixed up and crossed. It's akin to the arm pain experienced by a person having a heart attack. The nerve signals from the heart converge with the nerve signals of the arm, and the patient feels the discomfort in the arm instead of the real source.
The nerves of your jaw connect in the neck with pain receptors from your spine. When constant pain impulses from your injury overstimulate the nerve junctions, you can feel pain in other parts of your head, including your jaw.
And as the jaw is experiencing pain, it can cause the muscles in the face to tense up, causing more pain.
Chiropractic helps by helping your body repair the primary injury in the neck, which then reduces pain in other parts of your body.
If you've been in a car wreck, Dr. Benko is here to help. We can help pinpoint the underlying cause of your problem and formulate a plan of action to help you reclaim your health. We've helped many people in Schererville and surrounding cities heal from these types of injuries since 1991 and we might be able to help you!
Call our office today at (219) 322-9999 for a consultation or for more information.