Precision Rehab Occupational Physical & Hand Therapy
Occupational Therapists & Physical Therapy located in Fresh Meadows, NY & Little Neck, NY
People with fibromyalgia often refer to it as an invisible disease because there are no outward signs of the pain this condition causes. If you struggle because of fibromyalgia symptoms, the team at Precision Rehab Occupational Physical & Hand Therapy can help. They provide a range of cutting-edge treatments to improve your comfort and help you manage everyday tasks without making your pain worse. For prompt, expert treatment of your fibromyalgia, call the Fresh Meadows office in Queens, New York City, or the Little Neck office in New York, or book an appointment online today.
Fibromyalgia Q & A
What is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a disorder where you experience muscle, joint, and soft tissue pain over most or all of your body. The pain is constant but can vary in degree, so one day you may feel only moderate discomfort and then be barely able to get out of bed the next day.
Fibromyalgia pain is unique to you but could feel like widespread bruising, tenderness, or aching. However, there won't be any visible signs of your pain. Other symptoms of fibromyalgia include:
- Chronic fatigue
- Food intolerances
- Depression and anxiety
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Problems sleeping
- Light or temperature sensitivity
It's also common to have "fibro fog." This refers to cognitive problems such as an inability to concentrate or focus, trouble remembering, and difficulty thinking clearly.
Why would I get fibromyalgia?
Research into what causes fibromyalgia is ongoing, but it's not clear exactly why some people develop this condition. Current theories focus on nerve dysfunction, widespread inflammation, and links to autoimmune disorders. In addition, there may be a genetic influence, as members of the same family often get fibromyalgia.
It can be difficult to diagnose fibromyalgia, as there are no laboratory tests to identify the disease. You may need to undergo a series of procedures and examinations to see if there's another explanation for your symptoms before receiving a diagnosis.
The tender point test is a helpful indicator – specific spots in various places around your body, such as your back, neck, and joints, cause an immediate flare of pain when you press on them. Patients with 11 or more of these tender points typically have fibromyalgia, but you might have fewer and still get a fibromyalgia diagnosis.
What treatments can help with fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder with no cure, and treatment options are limited. However, the Precision Rehab Occupational Physical & Hand Therapy team offers a range of invaluable approaches to help you manage your symptoms and make an immense difference to your quality of life.
Your providers base the treatment plan around your particular symptoms. Possible treatments include:
- Nutritional advice
- Lifestyle changes
- Stress management
- Yoga and Tai Chi
- Therapeutic ultrasound
- Stretching and strengthening exercises
- Cold therapy
- Electrical stimulation
- Whirlpool treatment
- Cold laser
- Paraffin treatment
It's also important to understand your condition as much as possible and how to manage it day-to-day. Occupational therapy gives you the tools you need to pace yourself and avoid extreme flare-ups of pain and helps you cope with routine tasks.
Don't let fibromyalgia stop you from leading a fulfilling life. Call Precision Rehab Occupational Physical & Hand Therapy or schedule an appointment online today.
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