Stamford, CT TMJ Pain and Auto Injury
Jaw or TMJ pain is a fairly common problem reported by people after a car accident, and it can be challenging for some doctors to diagnose the cause of the problem. Complicating the matter, very often you won't experience TMJ symptoms until many weeks or months after the incident.
Dr. Banc has treated many individuals with jaw pain after an injury, and the scientific literature explains what triggers these types of problems. During a collision, the tissues in your neck are commonly stretched or torn, causing ligament, muscle, or nerve injury. This can clearly cause pain in the neck and back, but since your nervous system is one functioning unit, inflammation of the nerves can cause problems in other parts of your body.
For example, with radicular pain, irritation of a nerve can cause prickling or numbness in the arm and hand. Similarly, it can affect parts of your body above the injury, like your head and jaw. Headaches after a collision are very common because of neck injury, and the jaw works the same way. Dr. Banc sees this very often in our Stamford, CT office.
Research Shows Chiropractic Lessens TMJ Pain After an Auto Accident
Research shows that the root of many jaw or TMJ symptoms starts in the neck 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. Banc will work to return your spinal column back to health, relieving the inflammation, treating the injured tissues, and removing the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Dr. Banc has found that jaw and headache symptoms often resolve once we restore your spine to its healthy condition.
If you live in Stamford, CT and you've been hurt in a car crash, Dr. Banc can help. We've been working with auto injury patients since 1992, and we can probably help you, too. Give our office a call today at (203) 323-3002 for an appointment or consultation.
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