Fibromyalgia Scores Found To Be Predictors of Arthroplasty and Pain Outcome

Fibromyalgia Scores Found To Be Predictors of Arthroplasty and Pain Outcome
shutterstock_214336483A recent study published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatology by researchers at the University of Michigan Health System revealed that a higher fibromyalgia score is linked to a poorer arthroplasty outcome and increased pain. The study is entitled “Characteristics of fibromyalgia independently predict poorer long-term analgesic outcomes following total knee and hip arthroplasty.” Arthroplasty corresponds to a surgical procedure with the goal of restoring the integrity and function of a joint. It is thought that the number of total knee and hip arthroplasties will increase considerably in the future based on the current trends in obesity and aging. Psychosocial factors have been linked to poorer results after knee and hip arthroplasty and studies have shown that around 20% of knee and 10% of hip arthroplasty patients fail to benefit from the desirable effect of analgesics. In this study, researchers hypothesized that an increase in pain perception and sensory processing, as occurs in individuals who suffer from medical conditions such as fibromyalgia, may contribute to a reduced responsiveness to analgesics in primary knee
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