Current Rheumatology Reports

, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp 104–108

Musculoskeletal injury as a trigger for fibromyalgia/ posttraumatic fibromyalgia

  • Dan Buskila
  • Lily Neumann

DOI: 10.1007/s11926-000-0049-z

Cite this article as:
Buskila, D. & Neumann, L. Curr Rheumatol Rep (2000) 2: 104. doi:10.1007/s11926-000-0049-z


The issue of musculoskeletal injury as a trigger for fibromyalgia (FM) is controversial. The present review critically evaluates the evidence that trauma can initiate FM, specifically addressing the scope of the problem, the issue of causality, possible pathophysiologic mechanisms, and medicolegal aspects. One major problem is the fact that most of the data come from anecdotal reports and small case series and not from controlled prospective studies. Overall data from the current literature are insufficient to indicate whether causal relationships exist between trauma and FM. However, recent reports suggest that soft tissue trauma to the neck can result in an increased incidence of FM compared with other injuries. Future studies should prospectively document the chronology of symptoms from the onset of trauma and repeatedly evaluate the patients for disability, quality of life, change in occupation, and litigation status.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dan Buskila
    • 1
  • Lily Neumann
    • 1
  1. 1.Rheumatic Disease Unit, Soroka Medical Center, and Department of Epidemiology, Faculty of Health SciencesBen-Gurion University of the NegevBeer-ShevaIsrael

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