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Myofascial pain syndrome can be a painful fatiguing and debilitating condition that significantly affects quality of life. This basic-level course identifies the diagnostic criteria and clinical features and symptoms for myofascial pain syndrome. Possible risk factors and etiology of myofascial pain syndrome are listed. The course explains how other medical dignoses including fibromyalgia may be mistaken for myofascial pain syndrome. Treatment goals and occupational therapy treatment approaches for the patient are identified.
AOTA Content Focus - OT Process: Evaluation & Intervention
- Define myofascial pain syndrome (MPS).
- Define trigger points.
- Identify the possible risk factors and etiology of myofascial pain syndrome.
- List the diagnostic criteria for myofascial pain syndrome.
- Recognize clinical features and symptoms of myofascial pain syndrome.
- Recognize how other medical diagnoses including fibromyalgia may be mistaken for myofascial pain syndrome.
- Define treatment goals for myofascial pain syndrome.
- Identify occupational therapy treatment approaches for the patient with myofascial pain syndrome.
Anne Ahlman, MPT, received a bachelor of sciences degree from the University of California, Davis in 1983 and a master’s degree in physical therapy from the University of California, San Francisco/San Francisco State University in 1992. She is a practicing outpatient physical therapist at Cupertino Physical Therapy in San Jose, California, and has had previous experience as a director of rehabilitation and also as a clinical instructor to physical therapy students. With a background in medical research, Anne has written and presented on a variety of topics involving orthopedics, sports medicine, geriatrics, vestibular dysfunction, and hippotherapy. Anne has served as the physical therapy editor for Today in PT magazine, and is the author of Naked Elbows: A Physical Therapist’s Reflections on Patient Care, Intuition, and Healing, a medical narrative that explores personal and professional stories about the joys and challenges of patient care.
- Courses must be completed within one (1) year of the date of purchase.
- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
- Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
- All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
- There are no prerequisites for this course.