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Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome (AMPS) Treatment

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.netAMPS is a very painful medical condition which affects children.  This syndrome can cause pain anywhere in the body. These episodes of pain can be intermittent or constant and can affect the whole body or be localized to just a limb.

In AMPS, there is a “short circuit” in the nervous system which causes normally painless signals to be identified as pain in the brain. This feeling of pain is “amplified” and therefore contributes to loss of function and mobility.  AMPS is also known as pediatric fibromyalgia and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). Patients with CRPS can exhibit swelling in the affected body part as well as changes in skin temperature (cool) and skin color (blue).

Physical therapy plays a major role in the treatment of this syndrome through:

  • Desensitization
  • Aggressive therapeutic exercises
  • Return to functional activities

As with all of our patients, the physical therapist will work directly with the patient for one hour to address their specific limitations.  The purpose of outpatient physical therapy for this patient population is to restore function as it relates to the child being able to return to school, athletics and leisure activities.

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