Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder that causes widespread pain in the bones, muscles, and tender areas in the body, as well as fatigue. It is a rheumatic condition that mainly affects the muscles and soft tissue. Diagnosis can be made if the sufferer experiences widespread pain for longer than three months without an underlying condition that could be causing the pain. The physical therapists at Delta/Fillmore Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine understand the causes, symptoms, and best therapy treatments for Fibromyalgia.
Doctors do not know what exactly causes the condition, but Fibromyalgia is likely caused by a combination of the following factors:
- Diseases such as infections or arthritis
- Genetic mutations that run in the family
- Physical trauma such as after a car accident
- Emotional or psychological stress, anxiety, and depression
- Gender – the condition is more common in women than in men
Symptoms of Fibromyalgia include:
- Widespread chronic muscle pain
- Painful tender points or trigger points
- Cognitive difficulties
The symptoms sometimes begin after a physical injury, psychological stress, infection or surgery. Your physical therapist in Delta/Fillmore, UT will analyze your symptoms to determine the best approach to treatment.
Fibromyalgia can be treated using medication such as pain relievers, antidepressants, and anti-seizure drugs. Physical therapy can help reduce the effects of fibromyalgia. Physical therapy at Delta/Fillmore Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine takes patients through various exercises that improve flexibility, strength, and stamina.
The physical therapists in Delta/Fillmore, UT recommend that patients adopt lifestyle changes and home remedies that prevent the development of fibromyalgia such as stress relief methods, exercise, enough sleep, and a healthy lifestyle.
Management and Rehabilitation
The process of managing fibromyalgia is centered on receiving effective therapy treatment and maintaining a healthy lifestyle that encourages recovery.