Texas Researchers Investigate the Impact of a Functional Restorative Program on the Reduction of Fibromyalgia Symptoms

Texas Researchers Investigate the Impact of a Functional Restorative Program on the Reduction of Fibromyalgia Symptoms
An important discovery was made in the field of chronic pain and rehabilitation medicine by a group of investigators collaborating from the Productive Rehabilitation Institute of Dallas for Ergonomics (PRIDE) and researchers at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and University of Texas at Arlington.  The investigators assessed the efficacy of Functional Restoration Programs (FRP) in the resolution of chronic disabling occupational musculoskeletal disorders (CDOMDs) in patients with fibromyalgia (FM).  The results of their investigative study were published recently in the August 2014 issue of Spine. FM is a chronic condition associated with widespread pain in muscles and joints. FM affects approximately 2% to 5% of the U.S. population; however, its prevalence is significantly higher (23 % to 41%) in patients diagnosed with a chronic pain condition such as a CDOMD.  CDOMDs are a group of painful disorders, with an occupational cause, that affect muscles, tendons, and nerves. Disorders such as Carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and tension neck syndrome are just a few examples. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 387,820 musculoskeletal disorders accounted for 33% of all worker injury and illness cases in 2011.  This is associated with high costs to employers such as absenteeism; lost productivity; and increased health care, disability, and worker’s compensation costs.  Many employers are using programs such as FRP to mitigate these costs, help their employees increase their physical functioning ability, improve patient’s pain coping skills, and accelerate their return to work.  FRP is an interdisciplinary approach to pain management and rehabilitation that uses physical therapy; as well as, educational, psychological, and supportive ph
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