317 St. Francis Dr. Suite 350
Greenville, SC 29601

317 St. Francis Dr.
Suite 350
Greenville, SC 29601
Tel: 1-864-235-1834, Fax: 1-864-235-2486

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Self Enrichment

CRPS, RSD and Me

The pain from Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) can be overwhelming, to say the least. From allodynia (pain to non painful stimulus) to a whole host of autonomic nervous system disorders that affect motor coordination, vision, and bowel and bladder function CRPS/RSD can easily make someone loose sight of the difference between having CRPS/RSD or CRPS/RSD having them. While the most frequent approaches to  CRPS/RSD include opiates, blocks, and spinal cord simulators none of them improve quality of life if the distinction between having CRPS/RSD or it having you is not addressed.   Not only do we believe that there are several other effective treatment options (see CRPS/RSD on piedmontpmr.com) we also believe that helping you with your relationship to this disease is key.   The South Carolina RSD/Fibromyalgia Support Group meets on the first Thursday of the month at the The Bernadine Center located in the Downtown Campus of Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital, in  Greenville, SC, at 6:30 pm.   Their next meeting is this thursday.   Why not join us?  Attendance is free.

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Restorative Therapy and Fibromyalgia

Restorative therapies such as water therapy, physical therapy, and massage play an important role in the treatment of Fibromyalgia.   Through restorative therapy muscle tone can be developed, endurance improved, and balance and coordination enhanced.   But these therapies by themselves are only one component to a comprehensive Fibromyalgia treatment program.   At the center of any program is the patient and a desire to get well.   Taking ownership in getting well does not mean only participating in therapy but also living wellness.   Improving diet, attitude, reducing tension, and treating underlying medical conditions such a lax ligaments, arthritis, nerve damage, and infection are just a few examples of a holistic approach to addressing total load (the total number of things that dont allow you to be well).   Dr. Schwartz is the Medical Director of the Bon Secours St. Francis Fibromyalgia Program and at Piedmont Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, PA.  He has over thirty years experience treating Fibromyalgia using an integrated approach.  Learn more about treatment options for Fibromyalgia at piedmontpmr.com.

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Reducing Total Load Is Catching On

For years now at Piedmont Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, PA we have talked about reducing Total Load: the total number of things that do not allow you to get well.   At first it seemed that no one understood what we were talking about.  Things are different now.  While is seems that the concept is still new to most people many are now quite familiar with it.  While waiting to give my presentation last week at the World Health Organization I chose to sit in on a conference for improving quality of life in Parkinson’s Disease.   Naturally the speakers consisted of an international panel but they all had one message: reduce total load.  They pointed out that while most people think of Parkinson’s as a motor (movement) disorder there are over 30 other signs and symptoms that also occur with it.  Treating the motor component alone is simply not enough;  Quality of life, function, and longevity were all improved when total load was addressed.   The talk was pleasure to my ears.  Learn more about Total Load at piedmontpmr.com.

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