TMJ Problems

Untreated, TMJ Issues Can Become Permanent

A less common, but very debilitating disorder that results from whiplash is temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ). Most people often feel pain in their neck, head and/or back right after whiplash occurs. But for many people, the symptoms of TMJ injury begin to appear much later and can become more severe over time. TMJ usually begins as pain, clicking and popping noises in the jaw during movement. If not properly evaluated and treated, TMJ problems can continue to worsen and lead to headaches, facial pain, ear pain and difficulty eating. Many chiropractors are specially trained to treat TMJ problems, or can refer you to a TMJ specialist.

Without seeing any outward injuries to the jaw, reports have shown up to 87% of people who have whiplash also suffer with TMJ. TMJ injuries escalate in patients who were involved in a rear-end collision. In fact, 1 in 3 people who suffer whiplash are at risk for delayed TMJ pain, according to a study by the Swedish Medical Research Council.

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TMJ symptoms brought on by whiplash:

  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Clicking or popping sounds when moving jaw
  • Feeling of stuffiness
  • Pain while talking or chewing
  • Inability to open mouth fully
  • Onset of vertigo (dizziness)
  • Earaches but no infection
  • Mouth is not even when opening
  • Pain in the jaw’s musculoskeletal structure
  • Changes in your bite

If these problems are left untreated, TMJ issues can become permanent. This is the main reason why it is highly recommend to be evaluated for TMJ injuries after whiplash.


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