Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Medical Pain Management – Specialties of Dr. Carey Dachman

December 23, 2010

I recently appeared in a New York Times advertisement promoting some of the top doctors in the nation. Listing my areas of medical expertise as fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and medical pain management, the New York Times advertisement was taken out by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., publisher of America’s Top Doctors. I have earned the distinction of being named Top Doctor in Cook County by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. for five years. In order to inform readers of the New York Times who may have read the article but not know much about my particular specialties, I have included brief descriptions of them below.

Fibromyalgia – The word fibromyalgia is comprised of both Latin and Greek roots, which accurately pinpoint the nature of the disease. “Fibro” comes from Latin word for fibrous tissue; “mya” is derived from the Greek word for muscle; “algos” comes from the Greek word for pain. Thus fibromyalgia is a disorder that affects muscles and connective tissue and is characterized by chronic extensive pain throughout the body and an increased sensitivity to pressure.

Rheumatoid Arthritis – A chronic systematic inflammatory disorder, rheumatoid arthritis affects approximately one percent of the American population. Rheumatoid arthritis can attack tissues and organs, but the disorder primarily affects the synovial joints. Rheumatoid arthritis leads to the degeneration of articular cartilage as well as ankylosis, a stiffening of the joint.

Medical Pain Management – Medical pain management focuses on an interdisciplinary approach to alleviating pain and improving general quality of life for patients. Through a holistic picture of a patient’s overall medical needs, pain management professionals can craft a system of medications and therapy, that can include pharmaceuticals, physical therapy, exercise, and psychological therapy.

If you are suffering from fibromyalgia or rheumatoid arthritis and live in the Greater Chicago area, I may be able to help you. Contact Pain Therapy Associates, Ltd. at 847.352.5511 for more information.

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