What are the goals of the physical exam for fibromyalgia?

Updated: Nov 14, 2018
  • Author: Chad S Boomershine, MD, PhD, CPI, CPT; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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The goal of the physical examination is to confirm the diagnosis, rule out concomitant systemic diseases, and recognize common coexisting conditions. Except for painful tender points and, perhaps, signs of deconditioning, physical examination findings are typically normal in fibromyalgia patients. The tender-point examination should be performed first during the physical examination, because other aspects of the examination may influence sensitivity of tender points.


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