Fibromyalgia is a chronic and potentially debilitating disorder that causes musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and sleep disturbances. Fibromyalgia is called a syndrome because it is a collection of health problems that occur together, but are not related to a specific cause. Fibromyalgia is similar to arthritis, but it’s not a true type of arthritis. However, after osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia is the second-most common condition seen by rheumatologists. Like arthritis, fibromyalgia is classified as a rheumatic condition because it affects joints and soft tissues and causes chronic pain. Since 1990, the American College of Rheumatology has recognized fibromyalgia as a chronic painful noninflammatory condition that affects muscles. Fibromyalgia affects an estimated 10 million people in the U.S. and an estimated 3% to 6% of the world population. While it can affect people of all ages and any ethnic group, up to 90% of those with fibromyalgia are women.
The goal of this fibromyalgia continuing education program is to provide nurses, dietitians, fitness professionals, health educators, occupational therapists, pharmacists, and physicians with information about fibromyalgia, its possible causes, symptoms, treatment options, and research in progress. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Identify neurological abnormalities associated with fibromyalgia
- Identify three primary symptoms of fibromyalgia
- Discuss treatment options for people with fibromyalgia
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, dietitians, paramedics and EMTs, athletic trainers, fitness professionals, health educators, occupational therapists, pharmacists and physicians.
Fitness professionals: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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OnCourse Learning is recognized by the American Council on Exercise as a Continuing Education Specialist (provider #250164). This course is approved for 0.1 ACE CEC.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certification Committee as an approved provider of continuing education (provider #A1074). This course is approved for 0.2 CEU of continuing education for the CSCS & NSCA-CPT.
The American College of Sports Medicine’s Professional Education Committee certifies that OnCourse Learning meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from 2013 to December 2019 (provider #730441). This course is approved for 1.0 ACSM CEC. ACSM approved providership of these programs does not imply endorsement of the sponsoring organization’s products/services.
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Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.