Fibromyalgia is a long term, chronic, and painful condition defined by tenderness and fatigue throughout the body. While it’s unclear what causes fibromyalgia, it appears to happen when the body's central nervous system doesn’t process pain properly.
Symptoms of fibromyalgia often start after an emotional or physical trauma. Genetics may also play a role, having a family with fibromyalgia can put you at increased risk for developing it yourself. It also tends to affect women more than men.
Additional signs & symptoms of fibromyalgia include:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Problems with memory or concentration
- Numbness and tingling of the hands and feet
- Sensitivity to light
- Muscle aches and pain
- And changes in mood
Unfortunately, there is no cure for fibromyalgia; treatment is focused on lessening symptoms and improving quality of life. Many people with fibromyalgia will struggle with widespread pain and debilitating symptoms for many years. Medication can be prescribed to help with pain and other symptoms, and certain lifestyle changes may be needed to help maintain overall health. Things like exercise, maintaining a healthy diet, and managing stress are particularly important for those with this condition.
Physical therapy can help guide you through a program of exercises that can help improve your stamina, flexibility, and range-of-motion. Low-impact movement is one of the best ways to reduce widespread pain. On top of exercises and stretches, a physical therapy program can also include other pain-relieving modalities like trigger point injections, massage therapy, and ice and heat therapy. On top of physical therapy, occupational therapy may help you make adjustments to your home or workplace to make life more comfortable for you and help you accomplish your daily tasks.
At Reddy Care Physical and Occupational therapy, we have a team of expert physical and occupational therapists that can help you manage your fibromyalgia pain. They will work with you to design a custom treatment plan to treat your specific symptoms. To find out more about the different treatment plans we have available, give us a call and schedule a consultation. Don’t wait, get started today!
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