Whiplash, Fibromyalgia, and Physical Therapy

Whiplash, Fibromyalgia, and Physical Therapy

What Is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic, currently incurable disorder that produces musculoskeletal pain, lethargy, and sensitivity in various areas of the body. This condition produces localized pain, often affecting the muscles surrounding the back, neck, and the base of the skull, along with several other areas in the body. It can cause difficulty sleeping, remembering things, and maintaining a positive mood, even on relatively good days.

Can Whiplash Cause Fibromyalgia?

Because fibromyalgia and whiplash can affect the neck and surrounding muscles, people with persisting pain after a whiplash-related injury often receive fibromyalgia diagnoses. This is sometimes just because the pain of whiplash persists in an area of the body commonly affected by fibromyalgia and has not gone away after treatment or after a period of 6 months.

If you have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia after a whiplash injury, don’t worry. You may not have fibromyalgia—you may just need better physical therapy treatment for whiplash and its effects. On the other hand, you may have sustained a whiplash injury but have developed fibromyalgia as well. In either case, you will need the help and guidance of an experienced professional.

Before pursuing treatment options for fibromyalgia, it may be best to connect with a physical therapist and ensure you are doing everything possible to heal and work through your whiplash injury first.

Gentle, Compassionate, Effective Physical Therapy in Aberdeen & Monmouth County

At ProFysio Physical Therapy, we believe in customized solutions. We know your case is unique and merits our special attention, so we always seek to find the best solution not just for your injury, but for you. When you have multiple injuries or conditions that affect one another, such as in cases involving whiplash and fibromyalgia, it is our mission to comprehensively treat each of your pain-causing problems.

Tired of being in pain yet? We can help. Call (732) 333-6360 to speak with a member of our team or contact us to schedule your first appointment today.

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