- What Is A Physiatrist And What Do They Specialize In?
- How Long Has Physiatry Been Around?
- What Are The Physical Medicine Fibromyalgia Treatment Goals?
- What Are Some Physiatry – Physical Medicine FibromyalgiaTreatment Strategies?
Physicians who specialize in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation are called “Physiatrists” (pronounced fiz-a-et-rist). Physiatrists are specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of patients of all ages in 3 major areas of medical care:
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is a relatively new medical specialty, becoming a member of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) in 1947. Physiatry had its beginnings in the 1920’s and grew rapidly during the 1940’s when thousands of young people were left paralyzed by polio epidemics, and when thousands more returned from World War II with limb amputations and other disabling injuries. The specialty offers increasing rewards for physicians who find value in developing in-depth and long-lasting relationships with patients. While pursuing the primary goal of restoring functional independence, the Physiatrist experiences the unique privilege of helping patients with fibromyalgia rehabilitation, providing years of support and therapy, renewing the patient’s potential in life.
Often patients with FMS are clumped into a homogenous group. That is, they have the condition, but certainly do not behave in the same manner, nor do they all respond to the same type of treatment. What works for one patient may not work for another. There is no universal treatment for fibromyalgia, each patient needs special unique care and each patient needs to identify their own specific rehabilitation treatment goals.
Physiatrists use a combination treatment approach that is individualized for every patient. The following is a summary of treatment strategies:
2. Medicine - There is no magical medicine to eliminate all the symptoms of fibromyalgia – the Physical Medicine specialists prescribe traditional Allopathic medicine to control various symptoms. Often different medicines are prescribed in various combinations, and even when a good combination is found, the medicine can “stop working” after a while.
3. Nutritional Supplements - A variety of nutritional supplements can be used to help with the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Magnesium with Malic Acid, 5-HTP, Colostrum, and others can be beneficial. Many patients who are sensitive to prescribed medicines tolerate nutritional supplements more easily. Why not see some of the alternative options for FIBROMYALGIA-HELP Products.
4. Pain Management - A pain management program may include moist heat, bioelectric therapy, ultrasound, and more, with the goal of decreasing pain to a lower level. Once the pain has decreased, an exercise program is prescribed.
5. Exercise - Exercise is important to increase flexibility and tone the muscles. This is done by instructing the patient on a combination of postural stretches, light aerobic conditioning, and toning exercises.
6. Manual Therapy - Manual therapy includes therapeutic massage, myofascial release, soft tissue mobilization, and adjustments.
8. Home Program - Each patient needs to find whatever works best, and to follow through with a home program on a regular basis.