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Frequent jaw-face pain in chronic Whiplash-Associated Disorders
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Odontology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Odontology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Odontology.
2011 (English)In: Swedish Dental Journal, ISSN 0347-9994, Vol. 35, no 3, 123-131 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Chronic Whiplash-Associated Disorders (WAD) present with frequent pain in the neck, head and shoulder regions but the presence of frequent jaw-face pain is unclear. The aim of the study was to investigate the frequency of jaw-face pain in other regions, and general symptoms in chronic WAD patients. Fifty whiplash-patients  and 50 healthy age- and sex-matched controls were examined by qustionnaire for pain in the jaw-face, pain in other regions and other symptoms.

In contrast to healthy, a majority of the WAD patients (88%) reported frequent pain in the jaw-face, in addition to frequent pain in the neck (100%), shoulders (94%), head (90%) and back (72%). The WAD patients also reported stiffness and numbness in the jaw-face region, and frequent general symptoms such as balance problems, stress and sleep disturbances.

The result suggests that frequent pain in the jaw-face can be part of the spectrum of symptoms in chronic WAD. The finding of self-reported numbness in the jaw-face indicates disturbed trigeminal nerve function and merits further investigation. We conclude that assessment of WAD should include pain in the jaw-face region. A multidisciplinary rehabilitation program including dentists, preferably specialized in the area of orofacial pain, should be advocated after whiplash injury.

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Jönköping: Swedish dental journal , 2011. Vol. 35, no 3, 123-131 p.
Keyword [en]
face, jaw, neck, pain, whiplash injuries
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-49021OAI: diva2:452700
Available from: 2011-10-31 Created: 2011-10-31 Last updated: 2011-11-01Bibliographically approved

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