Israeli Study Reveals Physiotherapists’ Views, Perspectives on Fibromyalgia Pain Treatment

Israeli Study Reveals Physiotherapists’ Views, Perspectives on Fibromyalgia Pain Treatment
Physiotherapists working with fibromyalgia patients experience numerous difficulties, in part because of poor communication with general practitioners and a lack of pain-targeted professional skills. Specific training to help them better understand their role in the caring process is needed. This may also help them overcome some of their professional shortcomings and better respond to patient needs with greater competence and less ambivalence. These findings were reported in the study, “Physiotherapists’ accounts of fibromyalgia: role-uncertainty and professional shortcomings,” published in the journal Disability and Rehabilitation. Fibromyalgia is a widespread chronic pain disorder that mostly affects women. It is still poorly understood, but several studies have provided evidence that dysfunction of the central and peripheral nervous systems, neurotransmitter imbalance, genetics, and psychiatric disorders could all contribute to its development and severity. Given the uncertainty about fibromyalgia’s underlying mechanisms, its treatment is mostly focused on pain management. However, there is still no consensus on the best strategies to treat these patients and no guidelines are defined. To some extent, the success of therapies for fibromyalgia, including complementary medicine, relies on the knowledge that clinicians and other specialized medical practitioners have of the disease. Israeli researchers evaluated the role of physiotherapy and physiotherapists' views on the treatment of fibromyalgia. The team interviewed 20 physiotherapists who had at least two years
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