A recent report in the Idaho Statesman cites a 2010 study in the American Journal of Therapeutics which says that 4% of the US population aged between 20 and 60 years is affected by the pain fatigue symptom called fibromyalgia. The study also shows 80% of those affected women. The main causes for this pain fatigue syndrome are given as:
- Anxiety and anger feelings
- Headaches and nerve dysfunction
- Morning stiffness
- Temporo-mandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
- Restless leg syndrome
- Sensitivity in various tender points
Fibromyalgia can appear along with another condition or disease and can occur by itself. Symptoms of fibromyalgia include pain in areas such as the elbows, neck, back of the head, upper chest, upper back, knees and hips. People affected by this pain condition find it difficult to perform day-to-day activities from walking, climbing stairs, shopping, and doing even light household chores.
Several studies have pointed out that drug-free, physical exercise oriented therapies are more effective against fibromyalgia than drug-based treatments. An established multi-specialty healthcare center can provide such effective solutions with effective fibromyalgia pain management treatment programs. Therapies offered may include a combination of
- Physical therapy
- Chiropractic care
- Massage therapy
- Pain management injections
- Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
The right center would offer a systematic approach. The patient is first thoroughly evaluated by a pain management specialist to find the root cause of the pain. A customized fibromyalgia treatment plan is then developed based on the patient’s specific issues. With proper monitoring and care, patients can expect to improve their functional abilities and range of motion in as short a time as possible.