The Clinical Neurobiology of Fibromyalgia and Myofascial Pain: Therapeutic Implications

1st Edition

Irwin Jon Russell

CRC Press
Published August 22, 2002
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ISBN 9780789017437 - CAT# HW14110

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Summary

Is chronic fatigue syndrome an early process of muscle aging?
Is fibromyalgia a central pain state?


This book covers the latest developments in pain research as presented at the Fifth World Congress on Myofascial Pain (MYOPAIN 2001). It examines the results of a wide scope of basic and applied research on soft-tissue pain, with a strong focus on therapeutic approaches. Its three main sections explore the neurobiology of central sensitization, regional pain syndromes, and chronic widespread pain. In addition, this well-referenced book presents a fascinating chapter on the complex relationship between muscle pain and aging. Handy graphs, charts, and illustrations make the information easy to assimilate.

The Clinical Neurobiology of Fibromyalgia and Myofascial Pain: Therapeutic Implications contains up-to-date information on:
  • the brain?s reactions to states of persistent pain
  • the physical aftermath of torture
  • ways to define and address the emotional distress that commonly observed in chronic pain patients
  • the mechanisms and manifestations of muscle hyperalgesia
  • the pathophysiology of inflammatory muscle pain
  • regional muscle pain syndromes
  • state-of-the-art information on the pathophysiology of visceral pain and visceral-somatic pain representations
  • a case study of a physical therapy approach to fibromyalgia using Myofascial trigger points
  • the epidemiology of widespread pain and its development after injuries
  • syndromes that share overlapping clinical features with fibromyalgia
  • the connection between HPA dysfunction, ANS dysfunction, and fibromyalgia
  • the plasticity of excitatory synaptic transmission in the spinal dorsal horn and its role in the pathogenesis of pain hypersensitivity
  • how the central mechanisms of pain transmission relate to pharmacological systems that are responsible for generating central sensitization states
  • what PET and MRI show us about the role that the cerebral cortex plays in the perception and modulation of pain

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