Jaw pain is a fairly common problem reported by people after a car accident, and it can be tough for some health practitioners to identify the cause of the problem. Complicating the issue, oftentimes you won't develop TMJ pain until many weeks or months after a crash.
Dr. Cyr has helped many individuals with jaw pain after an injury, and the scientific literature explains what produces these types of problems. During a collision, the tissues in your spine are oftentimes stretched or torn, causing ligament, muscle, or nerve injury. This can obviously cause pain in the neck and back, but since your nervous system is one functioning unit, irritation of the nerves can cause issues in other parts of your body.
For instance, 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. Dr. Cyr sees this very commonly in our Rutland office.
Research indicates that the source of many jaw or TMJ symptoms begins in the cervical spine and that treatment of the underlying neck injury can resolve the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The key to resolving these symptoms is simple: Dr. Cyr will work to return your spinal column back to health, alleviating the inflammation, treating the injured areas, and removing the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Dr. Cyr finds that jaw and headache symptoms often resolve once we return your spine to its healthy state.
If you live in Rutland and you've been hurt in a car crash, Dr. Cyr can help. We've been treating auto injury patients since 1985, and we can most likely help you, too. Give our office a call today at (802) 775-6961 for an appointment or consultation.
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