Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain and soreness accompanied by fatigue. It is believed that individuals with fibromyalgia will have a heightened sense of pain. While the cause of fibromyalgia remains unknown, it commonly presents following physical trauma, surgery, infection or periods of elevated stress. It is also believed that the central nervous system in those diagnosed with fibromyalgia will have a heightened sensitivity to any pain stimulus. While there is no cure for fibromyalgia, there are several effective treatment interventions to reduce the affects. Medications, including anti-inflammatory drugs, anti-depressants as well as anti-seizure medications, have been proven to reduce the effects of fibromyalgia in many individuals. However, research has shown the most effective treatment of fibromyalgia is gentle stretching along with aerobic exercise.
Your physical therapist will perform a thorough evaluation to assess your condition and devise a treatment plan to best address your symptoms. Working hand in hand with the patient is key to the successful treatment of fibromyalgia. It is essential to communicate post treatment effects to adjust the treatment plan and effectively combat fibromyalgia. All of our facilities are equipped with state of the art modalities and equipment to meet your needs. Please visit our Toms River, Whiting, Manchester, Brick, Forked River, Freehold, Jackson, or Barnegat facilities and allow us to “give you your life back.”
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
Formerly termed Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), CRPS is a progressive disease of the Autonomic Nervous System. The Autonomic Nervous System is in control of activities that occur without consciously thinking about it, such as breathing, heartbeat and the digestive process. CRPS specifically effects the Sympathetic Nervous System, the part of the Autonomic Nervous System responsible for the “flight of fight” response (increases heart rate, open lung passages.) Symptoms are generally reported in the extremities and typically develop following injury, surgery, neurological trauma (stroke) or heart attack. Pain generated from CRPS is considered to be constant and out of proportion to the original injury. While the mechanism of CRPS remains unknown, research has indicated early intervention is essential to limiting progression of the symptoms. Common symptoms include changes in skin color (white, red or even blue,) changes in skin temperature, hypersensitivity to light touch, heat or cold, changes in hair and nail growth, and limited motion. Unfortunately, effective treatment of CRPS has been limited. As stated earlier, it essential to address the condition as early as possible. Pain relieving medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, opioids, anti-depressants and anti-seizure medications have been used to reduce the symptoms. Additionally, physical therapy is a common intervention to restoring musculoskeletal motion and maintain strength. Your therapist will attempt to desensitize the affected area as well as restore function. Your physical therapist will perform a thorough evaluation to assess your condition and devise a treatment plan to best address your symptoms. All of our facilities are equipped with state of the art modalities and equipment to meet your needs. Please visit our Toms River, Whiting, Manchester, Brick, Forked River, Freehold, Jackson, or Barnegat facilities and allow us to “give you your life back.”
*** For more information please see our article on myofascial pain written by Stefanie Armstrong in our publications.
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