OBJECTIVE: We reported our multidisciplinary protocol for the management of fibromyalgia associated with imbalance. Our aim was to verify the effectiveness of a proprioceptive training program as a complementary therapy for a traditional protocol of education, mindfulness, and exercise training for the management of fibromyalgia associated with imbalance. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study on 84 women, with primary fibromyalgia associated to imbalance. A group of patients performed traditional exercise training; in a second group the training was supplemented with proprioception exercises. Each session lasted from 40 to 60 minutes and was performed three times a week for 12 weeks. RESULTS: After three months of training and eight months after the end of the training, the balance evaluation revealed significant differences in the comparison of the Timed Up and Go test, Berg Balance Scale, and Tinetti scale with the baseline, there was a better improvement in the proprioceptive training group (p<0.05). A reduction in pain and improvement in functional and muscular performance and quality of life were observed in both groups (p<0.05), but with no significant differences between them in the Numeric Pain Rating Scale, Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire, and Short Form Health Survey (p>0.05). Fifteen months after the end of the program, the effects of training were not maintained. CONCLUSION: The present study revealed that training supplemented with proprioception exercises has beneficial effects on clinical findings and improves balance in patients with fibromyalgia, even if the positive results did not persist after the interruption of the rehabilitative program in the long term.

Multidisciplinary protocol for the management of fibromyalgia associated with imbalance. Our experience and literature review

Chiaramonte R.
Primo
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2019-01-01

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: We reported our multidisciplinary protocol for the management of fibromyalgia associated with imbalance. Our aim was to verify the effectiveness of a proprioceptive training program as a complementary therapy for a traditional protocol of education, mindfulness, and exercise training for the management of fibromyalgia associated with imbalance. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study on 84 women, with primary fibromyalgia associated to imbalance. A group of patients performed traditional exercise training; in a second group the training was supplemented with proprioception exercises. Each session lasted from 40 to 60 minutes and was performed three times a week for 12 weeks. RESULTS: After three months of training and eight months after the end of the training, the balance evaluation revealed significant differences in the comparison of the Timed Up and Go test, Berg Balance Scale, and Tinetti scale with the baseline, there was a better improvement in the proprioceptive training group (p<0.05). A reduction in pain and improvement in functional and muscular performance and quality of life were observed in both groups (p<0.05), but with no significant differences between them in the Numeric Pain Rating Scale, Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire, and Short Form Health Survey (p>0.05). Fifteen months after the end of the program, the effects of training were not maintained. CONCLUSION: The present study revealed that training supplemented with proprioception exercises has beneficial effects on clinical findings and improves balance in patients with fibromyalgia, even if the positive results did not persist after the interruption of the rehabilitative program in the long term.
2019
Chronic pain
Clinical protocols
Fibromyalgia
Postural balance
Quality of life
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