A physical therapist at Cedars-Sinai hospital has been able to help ease the pain of Fibromyalgia patients through physcial therapy even though they haven’t responded elsewhere. Mima Siegel, PT, is asenior physical therapist in outpatient rehabilitation services at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Siegel specializes in orthopedic injuries, fibromyalgia and chronic pain.
Why has Siegel’s approach to treating Fibromyalgia pain worked when other therapists have failed? She says:
“I teach patients to cope with the symptoms and feel comfortable enough with their bodies so they can wash dishes or go to the park with their children without worrying about pain.I have learned that I need to treat the fibromyalgia syndrome before I try to treat additional musculoskeletal pain.”
Siegel is aware that Fibromyalgia isn’t a simple medical condition to treat and she says:
“It’s difficult to diagnose and manage fibromyalgia because it cannot be understood according to the classical medical model of disease.”
Siegel’s goal through treating Fibromyalgia patients is to teach them how to regain trust in their bodies, which I’m sure is no easy task, but Siegel has had a lot of experience doing just that. Siegel has been at Cedars-Sinai for 16 years and she has more than 30 years of physical therapy experience.
Where have other physical therapists gone wrong when it comes to treating Fibromyalgia patients? They have to first treat the Fibromyalgia before the pain can be controlled.
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