Jaw or temporomandibular joint pain is common after an auto collision, even when there is no principal injury to the face. The problem can be perplexing to health care providers, as, oftentimes, the jaw signs or symptoms don't surface right away after the injury, often developing weeks or perhaps months later.
New studies from the last 10 years suggests that jaw problems after an auto injury actually originates in the neck.
When your neck is sprained during a collision, the pain signals travel from the vertebrae to your brainstem. Here, nerves from many different areas of the body meet together before they pass to the pain centers of your brain.
When these nerve fibers meet, the impulses can get confused and crossed. It's much like the arm pain experienced by someone having a heart attack. The nerve signals from the heart converge with the nerve signals of the arm, and the person feels the pain in the arm instead of the real source.
The nerves of your jaw connect in the neck with pain receptors from your spinal column. When chronic pain impulses from your injury overstimulate the nerve junctions, you can feel pain in other parts of your head, including your jaw.
And since the jaw is experiencing pain, it can cause the muscles in the area to tense up, causing more pain.
Chiropractic care helps by helping your body repair the primary injury in the neck, which then helps pain in other areas of your body.
If you've been in a car wreck, Dr. BenEliyahu is here to help. We can help pinpoint the underlying cause of your pain and formulate a plan of action to help you reclaim your health. We've helped many patients in Selden, NY improve from these types of problems since 1983 and we might be able to help you!
Call our office today at (631) 736-4414 for an appointment or for more information.