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

ers, and such parameters are associated to psychosocial and fitness aspects. Additionally, the group is currently studying the effect of multidisciplinary therapies based on physical activity, since "they are a good alternative to alleviate the symptoms associated with this disorder".

64 Women and 12 Men

For the purpose of this study, 64 women diagnosed with fibromyalgia by an ACR physician were chosen by the researchers of the University of Granada, in collaboration with the Asociacin Granadina de Fibromialgia (association of fibromyalgia in Granada). Simultaneously, for the control group, 45 healthy women were randomly chosen. All of them were subjected to a series of medical and physical tests. In addition, the researchers proceeded in the same way with 12 men with fibromyalgia and 12 healthy men.

This research revealed that the symptoms experienced by these women are not limited to pain, but they also present disorders in other aspects that can affect their quality of life. The study showed that this type of patients present impaired motion, which can be used as an additional diagnostic parameter. This is a step forward, since so far, diagnostic tests limited to tender point tests, so it was easy to misinterpret the results. Thus, this test designed by Heredia may be a complementary diagnostic tool.


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Contact: Jose Mara Heredia Jimnez
herediaj@ugr.es
34-650-680-566
University of Granada
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