Physical Therapy in Portland for Fibromyalgia
Welcome to Optimal Results Physical Therapy's patient resource about Fibromyalgia. The following is an educational overview of Fibromyalgia and common treatment options.
Fibro = fibrous tissues (ligaments that attach to bone and tendons that attach muscle to bone)
myo = muscle
algia = the Greek word for pain
Fibromyalgia, though common, is a disease that's not well understood. It involves pain throughout the body, with especially tender spots near certain joints. The pain stops people with fibromyalgia from functioning normally, partly because they feel exhausted most of the time. Fibromyalgia is a chronic (meaning long-lasting) condition that usually requires many years of treatment. It can occur along with other forms of arthritis or all by itself. It can occur after an injury or out of the blue. Most people diagnosed with fibromyalgia are women in their middle years.
This guide will help you understand:
- how doctors diagnose fibromyalgia
- what can be done for the condition