The term fibromyalgia literally means chronic pain in the fibrous connective tissues and muscles of the body. However, because the disorder’s painful symptoms often move around the body, are difficult to quantify, and are associated with other problems, the condition is more commonly referred to as fibromyalgia syndrome. The syndrome is characterized by widespread sensations of pain and tenderness, sleep disturbances, cognitive dysfunction, fatigue, abnormal sensations (dysesthesias) and heightened feelings of pain in response to natural stimuli, such as temperature changes or pressures that do not normally cause pain (thermal and mechanical allodynia). In addition to widespread pain throughout the body and fatigue, patients with fibromyalgia syndrome also may experience peripheral tingling and numbness in the hands and feet, morning stiffness, headaches, mood swings, problems with memory, bowel irritability and other pain syndromes.
The goal of this continuing education program is to help physical therapists and physical therapist assistants identify the presentation, diagnostic criteria and interventions associated with fibromyalgia syndrome. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Explain what fibromyalgia syndrome is and how it is diagnosed
- Describe the typical presentation of fibromyalgia syndrome
- Discuss therapeutic treatments for fibromyalgia syndrome
OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of Continuing Education for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants from 10/21/09 to 10/20/18.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider GED012010TPTA2012004 for 01/01/2010 to 01/31/2013; 1601004 for 02/01/2013 to 01/31/2016; and 1902004TX for 02/01/2016 to 01/31/2019 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000275) with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through September 30, 2018.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The Ohio Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 12S1830 for 11/12/12 to 11/12/13; 13S1863 for 11/13/13 to 11/13/14; 14S1729 for 11/14/14 to 11/14/15; 15S2355 for 11/15/15 to 11/15/16).
The Florida Physical Therapy Association (approval no. CP120019292 for 01/01/12 to 12/31/12, CP130019787 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; CP140021533 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CP150023672 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-27014for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16).
The Tennessee Physical Therapy Association for Class 1 Continuing Education Requirement (approval no. 4573 for 11/12/12 to 11/11/13; 5248 for 11/12/13 to 11/11/14; 5813 for 11/12/14 to 11/11/15; 2219 for 10/01/15 to 09/30/16).
The Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy (approval no. PTCE003411 for 11/12/12 to 12/31/12, PTCE003879 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/14, PTCE007029 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16).
The New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no.194-2014 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16).
Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the Florida Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
This course has been approved by:
The Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 11/15/12 to 11/15/16.
The Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 10/15/12 to 07/31/14; 08/01/14 to 07/31/16.
The Illinois Chapter Continuing Education Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of Continuing Education offerings established by The Illinois Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 437-4527 for 11/01/12 to 11/01/13). According to the Rules for the Administration of the Illinois Physical Therapy Act (section 13460.61) published by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant applying for re-licensure in Illinois can earn a maximum of 50 percent of their required continuing education hours from self-study. The hours awarded of this course are designated for self-study CE credit.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.
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Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.
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