Pain treatment with acupuncture for patients with fibromyalgia.
ABSTRACT Fibromyalgia is a chronic, painful musculoskeletal syndrome of unknown etiopathogenesis. In addition to medicamentous and physical and psychologic therapies, several other adjunct therapies have been used as alternatives in the attempt to obtain analgesia and decrease the symptoms that are characteristic of this problem. This article presents a literary review on the use of acupuncture as an adjunct or chief treatment for patients with fibromyalgia, comparing it with an ongoing clinical experience that has been carried out at Hospital das Clínicas in the city of São Paulo. The results were found by applying traditional acupuncture, which demonstrated positive rates in the Visual Analogue Scale, myalgic index, number of tender points, and improvement in quality of life based on the SF-36 questionnaire.
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- "Acupuncture has not been studied specifically for this purpose. There is evidence that acupuncture is helpful in the short-term treatment of some chronic painful musculoskeletal conditions  . If spasticity is more generalized, as in tetraplegia, or these physical maneuvers are insufficient to control spasticity, then other methods are used including oral medication, chemodenervation, implantation of intrathecal "
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