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Quintessence Publishing: Journals: OFPH
Journal of Oral & Facial Pain and Headache

Edited by Barry J. Sessle, BDS, MDS, BSc, PhD, FRSC

Official Journal of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain,
the European, Asian, and Ibero-Latin Academies of Craniomandibular
Disorders, and the Australian Academy of Orofacial Pain

ISSN 2333-0384 (print) • ISSN 2333-0376 (online)

Publication:
Spring 1993
Volume 7 , Issue 2

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Fatigue in human jaw muscles: A review

Mao/Stein/Osborn

Pages: 135-142
PMID: 8395278

Muscle fatigue has been thought to be one of the causes of pain associated with temporomandibular disorders. A multitude of variables could contribute to neuromuscular fatigue when a subject attempts to sustain a given force. In studies of jaw muscles the endurance limit has been related to a failure in electrical conductivity (transmission fatigue), an increasing imbalance in the intracellular contents of muscle fibers (contraction fatigue), and the onset of pain. This review describes the principles that underlie fatigue and the results of studies of jaw muscle fatigue. Attempts are made to explain why various studies may have produced different results.

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