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Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by persistent and widespread musculoskeletal pain along with specific muscular tender points.

According to the 2003 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 4.9 million people in the United States have fibromyalgia syndrome. Women between 20 and 60 years of age are most at risk. The cause of fibromyalgia syndrome is unknown, but factors that may contribute to its development include sleep disturbances, psychological stress, changes in muscle metabolism, and abnormalities in a person's immune, endocrine, or nervous systems. The symptoms of fibromyalgia are slightly different in every person. 

Symptoms include: 

  • Pain that includes aching, burning, throbbing, shooting, or a stabbing pain. The pain may be constant and chronic, and is often worse in the morning.
  • Fatigue and sleep disturbances
  • Short-term memory loss, mood changes, depression, anxiety, and difficulty concentrating 
  • Migraine and tension headaches, chest pain, numbness in the hands and feet, abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation have also been associated with fibromyalgia.

How Physical Therapy Can Help:

A physical therapist can evaluate your problem and help you manage the debilitating effects of fibromyalgia.

A suggested program may include: 
  • Treatments to reduce pain and promote function
  • Non-impact activities to increase physical fitness
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Heat and cold modalities
  • Instruction in energy conservation principles
  • Instruction in proper body mechanics for activities of daily living