What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a pervasive and painful condition that impacts all areas of a person’s life. Symptoms range from extreme physical discomfort to anxiety, depression, and distress. We help to reduce the painful symptoms associated with flare-ups, while simultaneously working to diminish their frequency. Our integrated approach to medicine addresses the physical symptoms, and supports stress and anxiety reduction.
We work hard to fully understand and properly address the unique ways in which fibromyalgia affects you. Our experienced providers develop a personalized plan based on your specific healing needs to help you return to the activities you enjoy, free of pain!
Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
Sufferers of Fibromyalgia may experience following symptoms:
- Widespread pain and increased sensitivity
- Morning stiffness
- Vision problems
- Sleep disorders
- Urinary and pelvic problems
- Weight gain
- Chronic headaches
- Cold symptoms
- Temperomandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome
- Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Syndromes
- Skin complaints
- Chest symptoms
- Cognitive or memory impairment
- Anxiety, depression, and despair
- Myofascial Pain Syndrome
- Muscle twitches and weakness
It is important to start treatment early. If you suffer from fibromyalgia, or have begun to experience symptoms, we encourage you toset up an appointment with a doctor.
Fibromyalgia Treatment Methods
- Physical Therapy Treatment for Fibromyalgia – Physical therapy is a very effective treatment aimed at helping patients restore, recover, maintain, or improve their physical functionality.
- Flexibility and Strengthening Exercise Programs– These begin with gentle stretching to relieve muscle pain and tightness. The programs then gradually move from very light movements to more advanced exercises that strengthen the muscles and produce long lasting benefits.
- Anti-Inflammatory Medications – Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pain medications, commonly referred to as NSAIDs, are some of the most commonly prescribed medications to relieve pain and reduce inflammation.
- Cortisone and Steroid Injections – Items such as cortisone and steroids can be used to reduce inflammation and pain, combined with vitamins to naturally stimulate the body’s own healing process.
- Trigger Point Injection Therapy – Trigger points, or knots, develop in the muscles of fibromyalgia patients throughout the body. Inserting a local anesthetic into the trigger point provides a great deal of pain relief, and helps some patients to feel more relaxed and comfortable.
We work with our patients to eliminate the pain and discomfort of fibromyalgia, so they can once again resume their daily activities free of pain!