Killeen, TX TMJ Pain and Auto Injury
Jaw pain is a fairly typical condition reported by many people after a car accident, and it can be challenging for some physicians to diagnose the cause of the problem. Complicating the matter, oftentimes you won't experience TMJ symptoms until many weeks or months after the accident.
Dr. Dorn has helped many individuals with jaw pain after an injury, and the medical literature explains what produces these types of symptoms. During a collision, the tissues in your neck are oftentimes stretched or torn, causing ligament, muscle, or nerve injury. This can obviously cause pain in the neck and back, but since your central nervous system is one functioning unit, inflammation of the nerves can cause issues in other parts of your body.
For example, with radicular pain, irritation of a nerve can cause tingling or numbness 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 TMJ works the same way. Dr. Dorn sees this very often in our Killeen, TX office.
Research Shows Chiropractic Helps TMJ Pain After an Auto Injury
Research indicates that the source of many jaw or TMJ problems starts 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. Dorn will work to return your spinal column back to health, alleviating the inflammatory reaction, treating the injured areas, and eliminating the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Dr. Dorn has found that jaw and headache issues often resolve once we return your spine to its healthy state.
If you live in Killeen, TX and you've been injured in a car crash, Dr. Dorn can help. We've been treating auto injury patients since 1998, and we can probably help you, too. Give our office a call today at (254) 690-7090 for an appointment or consultation.
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