Fibromyalgia can be debilitating no matter how old you are. One way to combat the pain and disability associated with fibromyalgia in adolescents is physical activity, according to findings of a multicenter study published in The Journal of Pain, published by the American Pain Society.
Results from the study led by the researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital showed that adolescents with juvenile primary fibromyalgia syndrome (JPFS) did not engage in physical activities and aerobic exercise at levels recommended by their physicians. Just 23 percent of the subjects participated in 30 minutes of daily moderate-to-vigorous physical exercise, and only one adolescent engaged in 60 minutes of exercise every day.
The study also showed that the inactive group had higher levels of depressive symptoms and functional disability. However, in the small number of JPFS patients who maintained very high levels of physical exercise, the reported pain levels were lower than the inactive group, perhaps due to exercising, and their parents reported they had lower depressive symptoms and disability than inactive subjects.
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