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The influence of Neck Pain on Jaw Motor Function: A Systematic Review
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Odontology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Odontology.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

ABSTRACT

Background: Neck pain may influence jaw motor function. If so it would add to a

growing body of evidence indicating the need for a more multidisciplinary care of

affected patients. The aim of this systematic review was to review the current literature

on this subject.

Methods: A systematic literature search of the PubMed, Cochrane and Web of Science

databases was carried out on September 20th, 2017. Included were studies with jaw

motor function measurements, human participants ≥ 16 years old, with unspecified or

experimental neck pain and without temporomandibular disorder (TMD) or tooth pain.

Results: Of the 1701 initially identified articles, 32 were assessed in full text by two

reviewers. Out of seven eligible articles, six were included after a risk of bias

assessment. Two studies were contradictory on the effect of neck pain on maximal

mouth opening. For maximal voluntary jaw clenching by individuals with/without neck

pain, two studies showed no significant difference in force produced, and one study no

significant difference in masseter muscle activity. One study showed a facilitated

masseter stretch reflex in patients with neck pain.

Conclusion: This systematic review shows how unexplored this field of research still is

with a limited number of studies available. No firm conclusions could be drawn. Based

on the included studies, neck pain seems to affect the jaw stretch reflex, but not the

ability of the jaw muscles to produce force. Further research is warranted in the field of

how neck pain may influence jaw motor function.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018.
Keywords [en]
Jaw, neck, pain, motor function
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Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-154244OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-154244DiVA, id: diva2:1270674
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Available from: 2018-12-18 Created: 2018-12-14 Last updated: 2018-12-18Bibliographically approved

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