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New reliable method based on patients' gait helps to diagnose fibromyalgia
Date:4/27/2010

This release is available in Spanish.

A researcher from the University of Granada has designed a reliable method that combined with the diagnostic criteria of the American College of Reumathology helps to diagnose fibromyalgia on the basis of patients' walk parameters, i.e. their gait.

Some of the altered parameters in this type of patient are: walk speed, step length, sole pressure on the ground, time on each foot, time on both feet, and step length. Thus, as it can be drawn from the research conducted at the University of Granada,.the analysis of these parameters and other diagnostic tests can provide a more reliable diagnosis of the disease,

This study was developed by Jose Mara Heredia Jimnez, from the Department of Physical Education, and coordinated by professor Vctor Manuel Soto Hermoso. Heredia analysed from a multidisciplinary perspective disorders on motion parameters in patients with fibromyalgia, and their relationship with physical activity and lifestyle.

A Common Disease

Fibromyalgia is a severe disease with increasing occurrence, characterized by unexplainable widespread chronic pain and fatigue. There are multiple "trigger points" affecting the whole body, and it mainly affects women. There are both pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments aimed at alleviating the many symptoms of this disorder of unknown etiology.

The researcher from the University of Granada states that "patients with fibromyalgia present noticeable alteration of motion parameters associated with low performance in other variables as body constitution, and psychosocial and strength tests. These alterations undermine patients' quality of life". Thus, this study showed that patients with this disorder present altered motion paramet
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Contact: Jose Mara Heredia Jimnez
herediaj@ugr.es
34-650-680-566
University of Granada
Source:Eurekalert

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