What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a chronic widespread pain syndrome that involves muscles, connective tissue, bruise and joints in which postural deviations, fatigue, memory problems, lack of concentration, and numerous other symptoms occur. Adult women are affected by this disorder about five to nine times more commonly than men. In the United States alone, fibromyalgia affects two to four percent of the population and costs the economy nine billion dollars annually.
What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic disease mainly characterized by inflammation of the lining or synovium of the joints. It can lead to long-term joint damage, resulting in chronic pain, loss of function, and disability. Rheumatoid Arthritis affects 1.3 million Americans.
- Swelling/inflammation of joints
- Depending on severity of illness, services may be provided as Rehabilitation, Long-Term Acute Care, or Outpatient
What Can Be Done?
Post Acute Medical/Warm Springs System has developed a comprehensive plan to meet the needs of the community by specifically addressing the special needs of those patients suffering with fibromyalgia, as well as the millions who have yet to be diagnosed.
- Individual assessment and treatment planning
- Medication management
- Pain management
- Physical therapy modalities
- Occupational therapy modalities
- Aquatic therapy
- Massage therapy
- Biofeedback therapy
- Strengthening and conditioning
- Back education/body mechanics training
- Individual counseling
- Group counseling
- Group education
- Improve level of function or useful activity
- Reduce pain and increase pain tolerance
- Provide education related to the physical and emotional aspects of fibromyalgia
- Reduce reliance on medical resources and medication
- Enhance patient's self esteem and community role
- Physical Therapist
- Case Manager
- Occupational Therapist