Arthritis / Fibromyalgia Treatment

Arthritis

Physical therapists (PTs) are experts in the art and science of the evaluation and treatment of human movement dysfunctions. We care for people of all ages and treat a variety of muscle, joint and neurological conditions.

Conditions we have successfully treated:

  • Joint Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Knee Arthritis
  • Hip Arthritis
  • Shoulder Arthritis
  • Hand Arthritis

What are my treatment options?

  • Drugs
  • Epidural Injections
  • Surgery
  • Physical Therapy*

Advantages of Physical Therapy:

  • No side effects.
  • Cost-effective.
  • Supported by clinical research*.
  • Customized to treat the underlying cause.

Your Recovery Process:

  • Recovery of Joint Motion
  • Recovery of Strength
  • Pain Relief
  • Improved Function
  • Independent Care

Components of Your Care:

  • A thorough biomechanical evaluation.
  • Extensive patient education.
  • A customized treatment plan.
  • Effective joint mobilization techniques to decrease joint stiffness.
  • Pain-relieving modalities such as ice, heat, ultrasound or electrical stimulation.
  • Targeted stretching for tight muscles.
  • Progressive strength training.
  • Balance and functional re-education.

Everyone is different. You may require one or two visits, or an extended care plan over several weeks or months. If you’re ready for relief, and tired of “masking” your pain, treat the cause, not just the symptoms!

* Physical therapy techniques are recommended for arthritis of the knee, hip, shoulder, and hand. Physical Therapy 2005 85: 907-971; Physical Therapy 2004 84: 934-972.

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a long-lasting or chronic disorder that causes muscle pain and fatigue (feeling tired). If you have fibromyalgia, you have pain and tenderness throughout your body.

How is Fibromyalgia Treated?

Fibromyalgia can be treated with medicines, lifestyle changes, and complementary therapy. However, fibromyalgia can be hard to treat. It’s important you find a physical therapist who is familiar with the disorder and its treatment.

Making lifestyle changes can also help you manage your fibromyalgia, including:

  • Getting enough sleep.
  • Exercising.
  • Adjusting your work demands.
  • Eating well.

You can also try complementary therapies such as:

  • Physical therapy.
  • Massage therapy.
  • Movement therapy.
  • Diet supplements.

Who gets Fibromyalgia?

Anyone can get this disorder, though it occurs most often in women and often starts in middle age. If you have certain other diseases, you may be more likely to have fibromyalgia. These diseases include:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (commonly called lupus).
  • Ankylosing spondylitis (spinal arthritis).

If you have a family member with fibromyalgia, you may be more likely to get the disorder.

What are the Symptoms of Fibromyalgia?

The symptoms of fibromyalgia are pain and tenderness throughout your body. Other symptoms may also include:

  • Trouble sleeping.
  • Morning stiffness.
  • Headaches.
  • Painful menstrual periods.
  • Tingling or numbness in hands and feet.
  • Problems with thinking and memory (sometimes called “fibro fog”).

What Causes Fibromyalgia?

Doctors don’t know the exact cause of fibromyalgia. Researchers continue to study fibromyalgia and think the following events may contribute to the cause of the disorder:

  • Stressful or traumatic events, such as car accidents.
  • Repetitive injuries.
  • Illness.
  • Certain diseases.

Sometimes, fibromyalgia can develop on its own. Fibromyalgia tends to run in families, and some scientists think that a gene or genes could make you more likely to develop fibromyalgia. The genes could make you react strongly to things that other people would not find painful.

Are there Any Tests for Fibromyalgia?

Currently there aren’t any laboratory tests to diagnose fibromyalgia.

Healthcare providers use guidelines to help diagnose fibromyalgia, which can include:

  • A history of widespread pain lasting more than 3 months.
  • Physical symptoms including fatigue, waking unrefreshed, and cognitive (memory or thought) problems.
  • The number of areas throughout the body in which you had pain in the past week.

If you are looking for someone with experience treating fibromyalgia, we can help.

Give us a call at 410-326-3432 (Lusby office) or 301-862-5177 (California office)