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Frequency & impact of regional musculoskeletal disorders - fibromyalgia research

  [ 101 votes ]   [ Discuss This Article ] • June 1, 1999

Regional musculoskeletal disorders are a major cause of
morbidity both in the community and in the workplace. They
comprise a heterogeneous group of conditions that are, for the
most part, poorly characterized. Consequently, agreed
diagnostic criteria have not existed for many of these
disorders, and epidemiological investigations have used varied
or ill-defined approaches to case definition. This chapter
describes our current understanding of the epidemiology of
regional pain disorders and details the strengths and
weaknesses of the available data. Pain syndromes can be
divided anatomically into those which cause generalized pain,
such as fibromyalgia syndrome and myofascial pain syndromes,
and those which are confined to one regional anatomical area.

The latter group comprise those of the neck, shoulder, elbow,
wrist/hand, hip, knee and ankle/foot. Current information is
considered on the known risk factors for disorders at these
sites, in addition to their impact upon both the individual
and society.

Linaker CH, Walker-Bone K, Palmer K, Cooper C

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