Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Cedars-Sinai opens fibromyalgia rehab program

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles offers an interdisciplinary outpatient Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia Rehab Program, of the sort that might benefit FM patients everywhere. Directed by internationally recognized Fibromyalgia specialist Dr. Stuart Silverman, the Cedars program, founded more than 11 years ago, is a pioneer in FM self-management.

It requires a physician’s referral and provides the referring physician with follow-up consultation. The program reflects a recognition that:

  • Medication is at best only partially effective in relieving the symptoms of chronic pain
  • Medications are too often prescribed piecemeal, by specialists dealing separately with the FM patient’s different symptoms
  • Likewise, supportive therapies are too often prescribed piecemeal over time, with no overall framework for improvement of the patient’s self-management skills.
The Cedars-Sinai program provides an individually-tailored, coordinated treatment plan centered around a self-help “wellness model.” It is designed to inform patients and help them change their behaviors via constructive attitude, understanding of proper nutrition, sleep “retraining,” and pain, exercise, and energy management techniques.

More information about the program is available at (310) 423-9722, and at In addition to serving as Medical Director of the Cedars-Sinai Fibromyalgia Rehab Program, Dr. Silverman is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA.

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