CRVAW Faculty Journal Articles

Title

Influence of a Sympathomimetic Amine on Masticatory and Trapezius Pain/Pressure Thresholds and Electromyographic Levels

Abstract

Objectives.

This study examined the influence of terbutaline, a β-adrenergic sympathomimetic amine on pain/pressure thresholds in the index fingers and masseter and trapezius muscles and electromyographic activity in trapezii.

Study design.

In a randomized and double-blind controlled trial, 20 asymptomatic female subjects were assigned to receive either an injection of terbutaline or sterile water before collection of pain/pressure thresholds and electromyographic levels. Repeated analysis of variance and paired t tests were calculated to test for baseline and postinjection differences between groups.

Results.

No significant baseline or postinjection group differences in pain/pressure thresholds or electromyographic were detected.

Conclusions.

β-adrenergic sympathomimetic stimulation does not influence pain/pressure thresholds or electromyographic activity in the masselet and trapezius muscles or pain/pressure thresholds in the index fingers. These results suggest that development of painful muscle conditions is not caused by elevations of sympathetic activity.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-1996

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1079-2104(96)80197-1