Medical Care for Monmouth County’s Fibromyalgia Sufferers

Trigger Point Injections and Fibromyalgia

There are some medical conditions that can negatively affect nearly every part of a patient’s life. Fibromyalgia is one such disorder. The symptoms of Fibromyalgia are both physical and psychological, and may include any of the following:

  • Widespread Pain;
  • Heightened Pain Response;
  • Fatigue;
  • Headaches;
  • Anxiety/Depression; and
  • Memory/Cognitive Difficulties.

It’s particularly important for Fibromyalgia sufferers to find the right type of medical practitioner—one with a complete understanding of the neurological and musculoskeletal systems of the body. Physicians treating Fibromyalgia must also have insight into the emotional ramifications of the disease. For these reasons, a Physiatrist (a specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation) is often the physician of choice for many Fibromyalgia patients.

What is a Physiatrist?

A Physiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of pain and musculoskeletal disorders. This type of physician provides non-surgical treatments to help patients restore functioning lost due to illness, injury, or other disabling conditions. Physiatrists treat the whole person; they address physical, emotional, and social needs during the rehabilitation and pain management process.

Fibromyalgia and Physiatry

The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation works as the head of a team of practitioners in the treatment of Fibromyalgia. He is essentially the architect of each patient’s individual treatment plan. The strategy for Fibromyalgia patients may include physical therapy, chiropractic, and/or acupuncture.

As many Fibromyalgia patients can attest, pain can often hinder the healing process, making rehabilitation of any kind impossible. In such cases, the physicians at our facility may incorporate Trigger Point Injections as part of the healing process.

Trigger Point Injections at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation

Trigger Point Injections are injections of a local anesthetic medication and/or cortisone into trigger points. Trigger points are areas of intense muscle spasm that are often experienced by Fibromyalgia patients (this is also known as Myofascial pain). Injections are used to help Fibromyalgia patients relieve pain and allow the body to heal. The goal is to reduce pharmaceutical intervention for Fibromyalgia patients so that healthy, drug-free rehabilitation practices may be used instead.

Trigger Point Injections at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation are performed with the guidance of Ultrasound technology. This imaging technique allows our medical practitioners to view the affected body part in real time, allowing for more precise and effective pain management.

The overall goal in treating Fibromyalgia patients is to manage pain and other symptoms while increasing functioning.

Please contact our Monmouth County pain management facility to learn more about Fibromyalgia treatment in Red Bank, NJ.