Are you comfortable with treating patients who have chronic pain? Patients with chronic pain present considerable challenges in an examination and in the selection of effective therapeutic interventions. Many have been to numerous practitioners seeking results unsuccessfully, despite taking many drugs and trying a variety of therapies. Some have been misdiagnosed. This course clearly describes the differential diagnosis of two main categories of chronic pain conditions: fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS)and myofascial pain syndrome (MPS). Participants will learn to recognize these syndromes and the co-morbid conditions commonly associated with them. Research evidence will be presented to describe the clinical tests contributing to the appropriate diagnosis of FMS or MPS. Effective interventions to reduce the symptoms of FMS and MPS will be discussed, based on current evidence. This information is a must for any practitioner who treats patients suffering from FMS or MPS.
Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:
- Identify two main categories of chronic pain.
- Describe signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome
- Compare the differential diagnoses of fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome
- Define trigger points and give examples of types of trigger points
- Discuss evidence-based research describing effective interventions for promoting functional outcomes for people with fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome
Contact hours: 2
Course type: Live
Audience: health professionals
Level: Beginner, intermediate
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