It’s important for fibromyalgia sufferers to seek out physicians with a complete understanding of the neurological and musculoskeletal systems of the body. Doctors treating Fibromyalgia must also have insight into the emotional ramifications of the disease. For these reasons, a specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Physiatrist) is often the physician of choice.
Physiatrists provide non-surgical treatments to help patients reduce pain and restore functioning lost due to fibromyalgia. Physiatrists treat the whole person; they address physical, emotional, and social needs during the rehabilitation and pain management process. At our Shrewsbury, Freehold, Wall, & Lacey NJ offices, our Medical Director works as the head of a team of practitioners; he is the architect of each patient’s individual treatment plan. A strategy for fibromyalgia patients may include acupuncture, physical therapy, and/or chiropractic care.
In some cases, a Physiatrist may incorporate Trigger Point Injections as part of the pain management process. Trigger Point Injections are injections of a local anesthetic medication and/or cortisone into trigger points, areas of intense muscle spasm that are often experienced by fibromyalgia patients.