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can osteopathic manipulation therapy help in fibromyalgia treatment?

5 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. M. Jay Petruska
Family Medicine 32 years experience
OMT: Omt can be useful in treating several types of pain, and may be useful in the pain associated with fibromyalgia. A lot of that depends on the nature of the patient's pain and the training and expertise of the physician.
Dr. David Hardin
Wound care 36 years experience
Partly: A carefully designed program with myofscial release stretching and aerobic exercize would be needed the latter would still be the more important part.
Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice 53 years experience
Minimally: ? can osteopathic manipulation help fibromyalgia. Neither Osteopathy nor Chiropractic can effectively reduce & stabilize pelvic subluxations associated w. FM. Reason is joint subluxations due to permanent ligament injury & laxity. Gravity's impress far exceeds ability of pelvic girdle ligaments to stabilize a sacroiliac joint recently manipulated into neutrality. Prolotherapy & fusion are best.
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Definitely helpful!: osteopathic manipulation can reduce pain, discomfort, or achiness of muscles quickly. It can address the cranial or central nervous system components that may be exacerbating the pain syndrome. Also an neuromusculoskeletal medicine (NMM) osteopathic physician/specialist can help managing treatment, testing & referrals needed to other specialists to help co-manage using team approach to pt. care.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Fibromyalgia: Osteopathic manipulation can be very effective, from what I have heard of it thusfar. Also, pain management, preferably with as few pills as possible is of utmost importance. Here is the website of the American Academy of Pain Management: http://www.aapainmanage.org/

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How can I be sure its fms and not something else?

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Get Evaluated: Get evaluated, a complete history and physical exam, in addition tests will be ordered to rule out other causes for your symptoms.
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Do not assume: Any new symptom that is not typical for you should be discussed with your physician. Since fibromyalgia shares many common symptoms with other medical conditions, you can not assume that a new symptom is caused by fms.
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