Current Scientific research within the past ten years suggests that your jaw discomfort following a car collision actually comes from irritated nerves in the spine.
Jaw or temporomandibular joint pain after an auto injury is very common, even if you did not have a direct insult to your face. Jaw (TMJ) problems typically don’t develop right after the incident or collision in question, characteristically appearing gradually over weeks or even months later.
The minute your spine is damaged after a car wreck, pain signals immediately travel from your nerves to the spinal column to your brainstem. The brain stem is a control center which has nerves from numerous different regions of the body that congregate together before they travel to the pain centers of your brain.
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So as all of this new information is being assessed by the brain stem some of the signals can be cross interpreted and sent to the brain as coming from the Jaw. This is the same idea behind the perception of left arm pain associated with a heart attack.
Your jaw nerves connect with pain receptors in your neck. As time passes pain impulses become chronic or ongoing and overstimulate these nerve junctions, and many times you can experience pain in other parts of your head, including your jaw.
However you may actually suffer direct insult to the jaw as a result of your Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) or jaw joints during a motor vehicle accident. When this occurs you can suffer traumatic forces that pass through your TMJ joints which are considered a hinge type joint and is very susceptible soft tissue damage, vascular damage, disc damage as well as bony insult such as fracture. The TMJ has a well-known bed of sensory nerve tissue that many consider a disc.
When Jaw pain presents following a car collision the source of your jaw pain must be diagnosed correctly so that the best course of treatment can be prescribed.
Chiropractic adjustments help by helping your body repair the original injury in the neck or in the TMJ itself and Our Medical Doctors and Chiropractic Physicians are well versed in the differences of how jaw pain presents itself following a car wreck.
If you’ve been in a car wreck, we are here to help. We can help pinpoint the underlying source of your pain and prescribe a specific treatment plan to help you reclaim your health.
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