Whiplash an Unlikely Cause of Fibromyalgia, Study Shows

Whiplash an Unlikely Cause of Fibromyalgia, Study Shows
The role an acute traumatic injury such as whiplash has on the diagnosis of fibromyalgia (FM) is a controversial issue among scientists in the field of neuroscience and rheumatology. The conflicting results of studies conducted on the issue add to this continuing controversy. The main point of debate is that the criteria used in determining fibromyalgia may result in inflated rates of diagnosis among whiplash patients because of persistent localized tenderness after motor vehicle collisions, which is also a hallmark symptom of FM. Dr. Robert Ferrari MD., Professor Department of Medicine, University of Alberta, Canada, is focused on providing evidence to squelch the continuing debate.  In his latest study entitled, “To measure the 1-year incidence of fibromyalgia in a cohort of acute whiplash-injured participants,” released this week in the new on-line open access journal Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases, measured the precise number of new cases of FM that can be contributed to an acute whiplash injury. To determine this number, Dr. Ferrari followed 264 patients who met the following study criteria: WAD assessment was made within 14 days of their collision at 1 of 4 primary care centers taking part in the study over a 9-month period in 2012–2013 WAD grade 1 or 2 Seated within the interior of a car, truck, sports/utility vehicle or van in a collision, and had no loss of consciousness No history of previous WAD injury No previous diagnosis of fibromyalgia or other chronic pain condition such as rheumatoid arthritis, chronic mechanical spinal pain, or osteoarthritis He assessed these patients for the presentation of FM at 3 months, 6 months and 1 year post-injury.  At each visit, participants were also examined for recovery from whiplas
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