Juvenile Fibromyalgia Improves with Physical, Occupational, and Psychotherapy

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An intensive program of PT, OT, and psychotherapy significantly improved pain without the help of medication.

David D. Sherry, MD, of the Children’s Hospital- Philadelphia, and colleagues assessed the short-term and 1-year outcomes of children with fibromyalgia treated with intensive physical and occupational therapy (PT/OT) and psychotherapy.

Children with fibromyalgia seen at a tertiary care hospital were treated with 5-6 hours of intensive PT/OT daily and at least 4 hours of psychosocial services weekly. All medications used for fibromyalgia were discontinued. Children underwent standardized testing, including a visual analog scale for pain; the Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Performance, Second Edition; the Bruce treadmill protocol; the Functional Disability Inventory; the Pain Stages of Change Questionnaire, adolescent version; and the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory, and Teen Report.

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