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|A randomized, controlled trial of balneotherapy in the treatment of patients with primary fibromyalgia syndrome|
|Yurtkuran M, Celiktas M|
|Physikalische Medizin, Rehabilitationsmedizin, Kurortmedizin 1996 Aug;6(4):109-112|
|4/10 [Eligibility criteria: Yes; Random allocation: Yes; Concealed allocation: No; Baseline comparability: Yes; Blind subjects: No; Blind therapists: No; Blind assessors: Yes; Adequate follow-up: No; Intention-to-treat analysis: No; Between-group comparisons: No; Point estimates and variability: Yes. Note: Eligibility criteria item does not contribute to total score] *This score has been confirmed*|
The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of balneotherapy in patients with the Primary Fibromyalgia Syndrome (PFS). 40 patients (37 females, 3 males) with PFS, diagnosed by the criteria of the American College of Rheumatology, were treated by balneotherapy once a day, five times a week, over a period of two weeks. 20 patients without balneotherapy served as a control group. An algometer was used to evaluate the pain score. The mean pressure algometer score in the balneotherapy group changed statistically significantly at the end of therapy, at 3 weeks and 4 weeks after the end of therapy, whereas it did not change significantly in the control group. As a conclusion, balneotherapy may be an alternative treatment of PPS without any side effects.