Jaw Pain after Auto Accidents
Jaw or temporomandibular joint pain is often seen after a car crash, even when there is no direct trauma to the jaw. The problem can be confusing to health care providers, as, in many cases, the jaw symptoms don't appear right away after the injury, quite often developing many weeks or perhaps months down the road. New studies from the last 10 years suggests that jaw pain after an auto injury in fact originates in the neck.
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 meet together before they pass to the pain hubs of your brain.
When these nerve fibers meet, the signals 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 person feels the discomfort in the arm instead of the real source.
The nerves of your face connect in the neck with pain receptors from your spine. When chronic pain impulses from your injury overstimulate the nerve junctions, you can experience pain in other parts of your head, including your jaw.
And since the jaw is feeling pain, it can cause the muscles in the head to tighten, causing more pain.
Chiropractic care helps by helping your body repair the primary injury in the spine, which then helps pain in other areas of your body.
If you have been in a car wreck, Dr. Halverson is here to help. We can help pinpoint the root cause of your problem and develop a treatment plan to help you reclaim your health. We've helped many patients in Brunswick improve from these sorts of injuries since and we might be able to help you!
Call our office today at (912) 262-9735 for an appointment or for more information.