Assessing neck extension-flexion as a basis for temporomandibular joint dysfunction

J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 1991 Nov;49(11):1210-3. doi: 10.1016/0278-2391(91)90418-l.


In the August 1987 issue of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Weinberg and LaPointe published an article entitled "Cervical Extension-Flexion Injury (Whiplash) and Internal Derangement of the Temporomandibular Joint" in which they proposed an explantation for injury to the temporomandibular joint resulting from certain motor vehicle accidents. In this article, the previous mechanism is assessed and the authors conclude that it is inaccurate.

MeSH terms

  • Acceleration / adverse effects*
  • Accidents, Traffic
  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Cervical Vertebrae / injuries
  • Humans
  • Neck Muscles / injuries*
  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorders / etiology*
  • Whiplash Injuries / physiopathology*