You may have sore wrists, back pain, and other pain following a car accident depending on the circumstances.
However, because a car accident is often physically traumatic, it can throw your body out of alignment and that includes your jaw. That means you don’t actually have to hit your face or jaw to develop TMJ after a car accident.
You probably experienced whiplash during the crash, which is when the impact causes your head and neck to go in all directions. This impact can also damage connective tissues in the jaw joints due to the extreme and sudden force.
TMJ injuries from an auto accident often happen following a rear-end collision, and the car doesn’t have to be moving very fast at all. In fact, a study looked at whether whiplash injuries can occur with a vehicle moving only 10 to 15 km/h (about 9 mph.)
Because your jaw was not directly involved in the accident, you may not automatically put the accident and the jaw pain together.
However, you may have other whiplash symptoms such as neck pain and didn’t consider the impact on your jaw joints. Add to that the fact that the TMJ symptoms might not arise for months or years following the accident.
Your doctor will have to diagnose your TMJ disorder and can administer treatment ranging from orthodontic appliances to anti-inflammatory medications to surgery. Massage and acupuncture can also sometimes be beneficial.
If you think you have TMJ injuries from a car accident, then it’s wise to get it confirmed by a doctor.
Call 1-800-897-8440 today to make an appointment or to learn about your options and find a suitable medical professional in your area.
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