Muscle Pain Syndromes and Fibromyalgia: Pressure Algometry for Quantification of Diagnosis and Treatment Outcome / Edition 1

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Overview

Muscle Pain Syndromes and Fibromyalgia: Pressure Algometry for Quantification of Diagnosis and Treatment Outcome represents a new approach by quantifying the diagnosis and outcome assessment of musculoskeletal pain by pressure algometry. Such quantitative studies are useful in daily practice of pain management as well as in research and medicolegal documentation. The basic question of whether or not pressure sensitivity has reached an abnormal level can be answered quantitatively. Findings of different clinicians can be compared in numbers.

The efficacy of different therapeutic procedures can be assessed numerically immediately after injections or physical therapy. Long-term effects of pain medications or physical modalities can be documented. The measurements take a few minutes and are simple and reliable.

Muscle Pain Syndrome and Fibromyalgia is clinically oriented and presents the experience of internationally recognized authorities. This means you’ll learn:

  • the employment of pressure algometry in quantitative evaluation of pain alleviation by medications and physical modalities
  • documentation of long-term follow up results in plantar fasciitis, failed back surgery and degenerative hip disorders treated by a new injection technique
  • the quantified diagnosis of tender spots, active and latent trigger points and fibromyalgia
  • the specific measurement sites, methods and goals for the evaluation of different treatments
  • you will see how renowned clinicians in Brazil, Italy, Finland, The United States, and Taiwan employ algometry for quantitative diagnosis and evaluation of treatment results. Immediate effects of treatment as well as long-term results were successfully monitored by algometry
  • the importance of distinguishing sensitization in the skin, subcutaneous, and deep tissues for differential diagnosis of muscle pain syndromes
  • sensitivity over active and latent trigger points and referred pain zones

    Muscle Pain Syndromes and Fibromyalgia is a multidisciplinary comprehensive treatise reviewing the present status of clinical and research application of pressure algometry. This inexpensive method by its simplicity is suitable for employment in the daily practice of pain management. PA represents significant progress in approaching the important but difficult problem of how to quantify a diagnosis that is based upon such a subjective category as pain.

    Myofascial pain syndrome, fibromyalgia, muscle spasm and inflammation in general can be assessed quantitatively.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: James A Sliwa, DO (Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago)
Description: This is a collection of papers describing the use of pressure algometry in soft tissue pain syndromes. The content of these articles addresses proper technique of application, reliability in diagnosis, and use of pressure algometry in assessing effectiveness of treatment in specific pain syndromes.
Purpose: The purpose is to facilitate the use of pressure algometry for research and patient management into several medical specialties and to assist readers in the diagnosis and treatment outcomes of difficult soft tissue syndromes.
Audience: This book is written for the physician whose practice is primarily devoted to the management of soft tissue pain syndromes.
Features: The content includes a discussion of the basics of pressure algometry, its role in the diagnosis of certain soft tissue pain syndromes, and its use to assess treatment outcomes in specific conditions. Topics not typically covered in texts on pain management are addressed in this book, including a thorough discussion on the basics of pressure algometry. One shortcoming is the format — a collection of articles gives the sense of reading a journal rather than a textbook with specific areas of content to be covered.
Assessment: This book is a valuable addition to the library of those practitioners who provide care to patients with soft tissue pain syndromes. It provides a basic discussion on pressure algometry for those with limited knowledge in the area and looks at its role in commonly treated pain syndromes such as fibromyalgia and myofascial pain.
James A. Sliwa
This is a collection of papers describing the use of pressure algometry in soft tissue pain syndromes. The content of these articles addresses proper technique of application, reliability in diagnosis, and use of pressure algometry in assessing effectiveness of treatment in specific pain syndromes. The purpose is to facilitate the use of pressure algometry for research and patient management into several medical specialties and to assist readers in the diagnosis and treatment outcomes of difficult soft tissue syndromes. This book is written for the physician whose practice is primarily devoted to the management of soft tissue pain syndromes. The content includes a discussion of the basics of pressure algometry, its role in the diagnosis of certain soft tissue pain syndromes, and its use to assess treatment outcomes in specific conditions. Topics not typically covered in texts on pain management are addressed in this book, including a thorough discussion on the basics of pressure algometry. One shortcoming is the format -- a collection of articles gives the sense of reading a journal rather than a textbook with specific areas of content to be covered. This book is a valuable addition to the library of those practitioners who provide care to patients with soft tissue pain syndromes. It provides a basic discussion on pressure algometry for those with limited knowledge in the area and looks at its role in commonly treated pain syndromes such as fibromyalgia and myofascial pain.
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Eight articles cover such topics as the employment of pressure algometry in quantitative evaluation of pain alleviation; documentation of long-term results in plantar fascitis, failed back surgery and degenerative hip disorders treated by a new injection technique; diagnosis of tender spots, trigger points, and fibromyalgia; and distinguishing sensitization in the skin, subcutaneous, and deep tissues. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789005106
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/28/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 158
  • Product dimensions: 15.20 (w) x 21.80 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Contents
Preface: Applications of Pressure Algometry: A Proceedings Issue

  • Introduction: Pressure Algometry in Quantification of Diagnosis and Treatment Outcome
  • Articles
  • Algometry in Diagnosis of Musculoskeletal Pain and Evaluation of Treatment Outcome: An Update
  • Differentiation of Sensitivity in Different Tissues and Its Clincial Significance
  • Algometry in Evaluation of Trigger Points and Referred Pain
  • Reliability, Validity, Reproducibility of Algometry in Diagnosis of Active and Latent Tender Spots and Trigger Points
  • Successful Pain Relief by Treatment of Myofascial Components in Patients with Hip Pathology Scheduled for Total Hip Replacement
  • Treatment of Myofascial Pain Components in Plantar Fasciitis Speeds Up Recovery: Documentation by Algometry
  • Application of Pressure Algometry in Balneology for Evaluation of Physical Therapeutic Modalities and Drug Effects
  • The Reliability of Algometry in the Assessment of Patients with Fibromyalgia Syndrome
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included
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