TMJ Pain After Auto Injury
Jaw or temporomandibular joint pain is quite common after an auto injury, even when there is no direct injury to the face. The condition can be confusing to health professionals, as quite often, the jaw symptoms don't surface immediately after the injury, quite often developing weeks or even months down the road. We've helped many people with TMJ problems in our Grants Pass clinic, and we can probably help you, too.
New scientific studies from the last ten years suggest that jaw discomfort after a car crash in fact originates in the spine.
When your spine is sprained during a crash, the pain signals travel from the spine to your brainstem. There, nerves from many different areas of the body converge before they pass to the pain centers of your brain.
When these nerve fibers converge, the impulses can get mixed up and crossed. It's similar to the arm pain felt by a person having a heart attack. The nerve messages from the heart cross with the nerve signals of the arm, and the person feels the pain in the arm instead of the genuine source.
The nerves of your jaw connect in the neck with pain receptors from your spine. When constant pain signals 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 discomfort, it can cause the muscles in the head to tighten, causing more pain.
Chiropractic care helps by helping your body repair the original damage in the neck, which then improves pain in other parts of your body.
If you have been in a motor vehicle accident, Dr. David Ray is here to help. We can help establish the root source of your pain and formulate a plan of action to help you reclaim your health. We have helped many people in Grants Pass heal from these sorts of problems since 2011 and we might be able to help you!
Call our office today at (541) 955-7246 for an appointment or for more advice.