Fibromyalgia - PT45


Myth or Malady?

by Anne Ahlman, MPT and Philip Tarrant and Mark Murphy and Jeff G. Konin, Jeff G. Konin, PhD, PT, ATC, FACSM, FNATA
(4.4 / 1162 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


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.

Approval Information
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of CE for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 6/11/2019 to 6/10/2022.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider 2202008TX for 02/01/2019 to 02/28/2022 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 for 4/5/10 to 12/31/18. Relias LLC is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California as of 1/1/2019.
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000290) with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from October 2018 through September 30, 2020.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The OH PT Association (approval no. 18S8328 for 11/18/18 to 11/18/19).
The FL PT Association (approval no. CE19-538052 for 01/01/19 to 12/31/19). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the FL PT Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The NJ Board of PT Examiners (approval no.1801-229 for 02/01/18 to 01/31/20).
This course has been approved by:
The MD State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 10/01/16 to 10/01/20.
This course has been approved by the NV State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 08/01/18 to 07/31/20
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 11/12/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 6/3/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 7/2/2021


Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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Harry L - Portsmouth, NH  ·  Feb 13, 2020
More concrete testing than I was aware of.
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Jennifer P - Sheboygan, WI  ·  Jan 25, 2020
very informative. Thank you
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Janet H - Largo, FL  ·  Jan 23, 2020
I found this course to be interesting
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Stacie S - Huntington Beach, CA  ·  Jan 16, 2020
good overview of fibromyalgia
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ANNE MARIE N - dumont, NJ  ·  Jan 13, 2020
imformative and to the point
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Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50