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, and 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. About 5 million people in the U.S., ages 18 years and older, have fibromyalgia. While it can affect people of all ages and any ethnic group, 90% of those with fibromyalgia are women.
The goal of this fibromyalgia continuing education program is to provide nurses, dietitians, paramedics and EMTs, athletic trainers, 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
Content Level: Intermediate
Instructional Method: Online Course — Clinical Vignette & Narrative
Domain of OT: Areas of Occupation
Domain of OT: Performance Skills
OT Process: Intervention
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, dietitians, paramedics and EMTs, athletic trainers, fitness professionals, health educators, occupational therapists, pharmacists and physicians.
Occupational therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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OnCourse Learning is an approved provider of continuing education for occupational therapists by the American Occupational Therapy Association.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy (provider # FBN 50-1489).
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Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.
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