Jaw or TMJ pain is a fairly common problem reported by many people after a auto accident, and it can be hard for some health practitioners to identify the source of the problem. Complicating the matter, oftentimes you won't experience TMJ pain until many weeks or months after the accident.
Dr. Kallio has helped many people with jaw pain after an injury, and the scientific research explains what triggers these types of symptoms. During a auto collision, the tissues in your spine are often stretched or torn, causing ligament, muscle, or nerve damage. This can clearly cause pain in the neck and back, but since your central nervous system is one functioning unit, irritation of the nerves can cause pain in other parts of your body.
For instance, with radicular pain, irritation of a nerve can cause prickling or pins and needles in the arm or hand. Similarly, it can affect parts of your body above the injured tissues, like your head and jaw. Headaches after auto collision are very common because of neck injury, and the TMJ works the same way. Dr. Kallio sees this very often in our Lincoln office.
Studies have shown that the source of many jaw or TMJ symptoms begins in the cervical spine and that treatment of the underlying neck injury can fix the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The secret to dealing with these symptoms is simple: Dr. Kallio will work to restore your spinal column back to health, decreasing the inflammation, treating the injured areas, and removing the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Dr. Kallio has found that jaw and headache symptoms often resolve once we return your spine to its healthy condition.
If you live in Lincoln and you've been hurt in a car crash, Dr. Kallio can help. We've been working with auto injury patients for many years and we can probably help you, too. Give our office a call today at (402) 484-5166 for an appointment or consultation.
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