South Buffalo TMJ Pain and Auto Injury
Jaw pain is a fairly typical condition experienced by many people after a car crash, and it can be tough for some doctors to identify the root of the problem. Complicating the issue, many times you won't experience TMJ pain until many weeks or months after the incident.
Dr. John Nowak has helped many men and women with jaw pain after an injury, and the medical research explains what causes these types of problems. During a crash, the tissues in your spine are frequently 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 instance, with radicular pain, irritation of a nerve can cause tingling or pins and needles in the arm or 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. John Nowak sees this very frequently in our South Buffalo office.
Research Proves Chiropractic Lessens TMJ Pain After an Auto Accident
Research indicates that the root of many jaw or TMJ symptoms begins in the neck and that treatment of the underlying neck injury can resolve the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The secret to resolving these symptoms is simple: Dr. John Nowak will work to restore your spinal column back to health, relieving the inflammation, treating the injured tissues, and eliminating the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Dr. John Nowak has found that jaw and headache symptoms often resolve once we restore your spine to its healthy condition.
If you live in South Buffalo and you've been hurt in a crash, Dr. John Nowak can help. We've been working with auto injury patients since 1981, and we can probably help you, too. Give our office a call today at (716) 825-4121 for an appointment or consultation.
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