Study Notes Physical & Psychosocial Impairment in Patients with Juvenile Fibromyalgia

Study Notes Physical & Psychosocial Impairment in Patients with Juvenile Fibromyalgia
HBVAccording to a recent study from a research team at the Emory University School of Medicine, adolescents with juvenile fibromyalgia have alterations in walking patterns, greater knee weakness, lower bilateral hip abduction strength, reduced ankle dorsiflexion and other physical and psychosocial alterations compared to healthy controls. Juvenile fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic pain disorder that involves musculoskeletal pain and several associated symptoms that contribute to significant functional disability. Regular participation in moderate to vigorous physical activity and muscle strengthening exercises at least 2 times a week is recommended for pain management in patients with juvenile FM, but adherence to these recommendations has been found to be poor. Since the condition is associated with high risk of functional impairments and pain flares, adolescents suffering from the condition have a reduced ability to safely engage in exercise and contribute to a downward progression of disability, pain-related fear, and activity avoidance into adulthood. To understand the types of biomechanics and biodynamic deviations prevalent in adolescents with juvenile FM so that tailored exercise-based treatments can be designed to meet their specific needs, Soumitri Sil from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta and colleagues, conducted a biomechanical assessment in a total of 17 female adolescents with a diagnosis of Juvenile Fibromyalgia and compared the research
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