Jaw or TMJ pain is a fairly typical problem reported by many people after a car accident, and it can be confusing for some doctors to identify the source of the problem. Complicating the matter, oftentimes you won't develop TMJ pain until many weeks or months after the incident.
Drs. Matt & Annie Reyes has helped many men and women with jaw pain after an injury, and the scientific literature explains what produces these types of symptoms. During a collision, the tissues in your spine are oftentimes 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 example, with radicular pain, irritation of a nerve can cause prickling or pins and needles in the arm and hand. Similarly, it can affect parts of your body above the injured tissues, like your head and jaw. Headaches after a wreck are very common because of neck injury, and the jaw works the same way. Drs. Matt & Annie Reyes sees this very frequently in our State College, PA office.
Research shows that the root of many jaw or TMJ problems originates 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: Drs. Matt & Annie Reyes will work to restore your spinal column back to health, relieving the inflammatory reaction, treating the injured areas, and eliminating the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Drs. Matt & Annie Reyes has found that jaw and headache symptoms often resolve once we restore your spine to its healthy condition.
If you reside in State College, PA and you've been hurt in a crash, Drs. Matt & Annie Reyes can help. We've been treating auto injury patients since 2015, and we can most likely help you, too. Give our office a call today at (814) 308-9352 for an appointment or consultation.
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