Whiplash Injury Therapy and TMJ Pain
Jaw or temporomandibular joint pain (TMJ) is common after an auto collision, even when there is no direct trauma to the jaw. The problem can be confusing to health care providers, as quite often, the jaw signs or symptoms don't develop right away after the incident, in some cases developing many weeks or perhaps months down the road.
New studies from the last 10 years suggest that jaw pain after a car crash in fact originates in the spine.
When your spine is damaged during a collision, the pain signals travel from the spinal cord to your brainstem. Here, nerve fibers from many different areas of the body converge before they pass to the pain hubs of your brain.
When these nerve fibers converge, the information can get mixed up and crossed. It's much like the arm pain experienced by a person having a heart attack. The nerve messages 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 spine. When chronic pain signals from your injury overstimulate the nerve junctions, you can experience pain in other parts of your head, including your jaw.
And since the jaw is experiencing pain, it can cause the muscles in the face to tighten, resulting in more pain.
Chiropractic adjustments help by helping your body repair the original injury in the spine, which then helps pain in other parts of your body.
If you have been in a crash, Dr. Banc is here to help. We will identify the root cause of your problem and develop a plan of action to help you reclaim your health. We've helped many people in Stamford and Westchester County heal from these types of injuries since 1992 and we might be able to help you, too!
Call our office today at (203) 323-3002 for an appointment or for more advice.