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ten·der point

(ten'dĕr poynt)
Eighteen bilateral predefined areas in occiput, neck, shoulders, chest, elbows, gluteus, trochanter, and knees that produce painful response at 4 kg pressure; indicative of fibromyalgia if 11 of 18 test results are positive.
See also: fibromyalgia
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tender point

One of the anatomic locations used to identify fibromyalgia. The deep diffuse muscular pain is localized to a number of reproducible (from patient to patient) areas that are tender when palpated. Tender points differ from trigger points in that pain does not radiate to referred areas.
See: fibromyalgia for table
See also: point
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In summary, our findings suggest that thermal therapy has a positive effect on fibromyalgia-induced pain, tender point, and FIQ.
Moxibustion group: Subjects in this group lied supine on the therapeutic bed and received a 20 minutes suspended moxibustion upon tender point until there was local skin blush, but no pain.
(12) Studies revealed that supplementation of 5-HTP or SAMe improved sleep, fatigue, mood, and tender point counts.
On the evaluation of tender points, the tender point value was 1.5[+ or -]3.2 in the group with no joint complaint and was 2.2[+ or -]3.6 in the group with joint pain.
Objective: To examine the factors associated with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) tender point count (TPC) in a group of Hispanic patients from Puerto Rico.
The Canadian and German guidelines advise dropping the tender point examination from the patient evaluation, replacing it with an exam for generalized soft tissue tenderness.
Tender point exams - pressing on the 18 tender points of the body as advised in the American College of Rheumatology's fibromyalgia classification criteria - can make even healthy people flinch in pain.
Tender point exams--pressing on the 18 tender points of the body as advised in the American College of Rheumatology's fibromyalgia classification criteria - can make even healthy people flinch in pain.
3 Prepare the asparagus by snapping off the base of each spear - it'll break at the tender point. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil, cook the asparagus for about 5 mins, until just tender.
The American College of Rheumatology criteria for fibromyalgia require that a person has had widespread pain above and below the waist, on both sides of the body and in the axial skeleton, for at least three months, as well as pain on palpation of at least 11 of 18 specific tender point sites.
* Pain in 11 of 18 tender point sites on digital palpation (both side of the body): Occiput (2),Low cervical (2),Trapezius (2), Supraspinatus (2), Second rib (2), Lateral epicondyle (2), Gluteal (2), Greater trochanter (2), Knee (2).
(3) It is unclear how patients with chronic widespread pain who do not fulfil the tender point criteria should be classified, and the role of the tender points in the diagnosis of FM has been challenged by many authors.