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From Acupuncture in Medicine

A Review of Myofascial Pain and Fibromyalgia—
Factors That Promote Their Persistence

by
Robert D. Gerwin, PRM

Chronic muscle pain (myalgia) is a common problem throughout the world. Seemingly simple, it is actually a difficult problem for the clinician interested in determining the aetiology of the pain, as well as in managing the pain. The two common muscle pain conditions are fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome. Fibromyalgia is a chronic, widespread muscle tenderness syndrome, associated with central sensitisation. It is often accompanied by chronic sleep disturbance and fatigue, visceral pain syndromes like irritable bowel syndrome and interstitial cystitis … download this article (pdf) »

From Today in PT

Pressing Need: Flatten Myofascial Pain Syndrome with Manual Therapy
by
Susan Birk

Considering the several million people in the U.S. who are affected by myofascial pain syndrome (MFPS), one might think there would be a fair number of treatment options. However, the fascia and its treatment continue to be something of a mystery to pain experts, healthcare professionals, and some physical therapists … read this article (pdf) »

From Your Health Magazine

Pain in the Senior Citizen
by
Robert Gerwin, MD, FAAN

Pain can be a distressing and disabling experience for seniors. Arthritis and other joint pains and muscular pains can prevent people from shopping, socializing with friends, and visiting with family. Painful nerve disease … can interfere with balance and with walking. Sleeplessness resulting from chronic pain adds … download this article (pdf) »

Treatment of Fibromyalgia
by
Robert Gerwin, MD, FAAN

Much has been written about the treatment of fibromyalgia, a syndrome of chronic, widespread muscle pain that effects mostly women … there are persons who do have diffuse muscle pain with diffuse muscle tenderness without an abundance of trigger points that are appropriately diagnosed as having fibromyalgia. … Many treatment regimens are available, but not many have been found to be effective … download this article (pdf) »

Treatment of Shoulder Pain
by
Robert Gerwin, MD, FAAN

Reach up to a top shelf? Never think about it. Have an itch below the shoulder blade? Not a moment’s hesitation before a scratch. Fasten your bra behind your back? Been doing it for years. All of a sudden your shoulder begins to ache, and it is no longer so easy to reach, to stretch, to dress. Holding your arm out in front to lift, to carry or to wash is now impossible … download this article (pdf) »

Whiplash Is More Than a Pain in the Neck
by
Robert Gerwin, MD, FAAN

Whiplash-associated-disorders is a complex of problems that occur as a result of car accidents that cause the head to whip back and forth … symptoms include neck pain, headache, shoulder pain, arm pain and numbness, dizziness, ringing in the car or tinnitus, hearing loss, and loss of concentration and difficulty thinking. … medical evaluation and treatment is definitely indicated when symptoms persist for three months and do not show signs of diminishing … download this article (pdf) »

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