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Physical therapy is minimally effective in the treatment of fibromyalgia, with immediate post-treatment improvement in pain and tender points, and both short- and longer-term improved self-efficacy (confidence in performing tasks) (strength of recommendation [SOR]: B, 1 small, high-quality randomized controlled trial, 4 additional small randomized controlled trials).
Multidisciplinary rehabilitation is probably not effective for this disorder but warrants future research, as trial quality is poor (SOR: B, systematic review of 4 small or low-quality and 3 additional randomized controlled trials on widespread pain conditions).
PMID: 12967546 [PubMed – in process]