About This Clinic
UT Health Austin’s Fibromyalgia Clinic focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of central sensitization disorders in adult patients (18 years and older). These disorders include fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndromes, and hypermobility syndromes, amongst others; each is the result of dysregulation in how your nerves interpret sensory input. Other rheumatic conditions may also be treated at the clinic.
We provide an evidence-based clinical approach that draws from basic and translational clinical research, including research findings from our practitioners’ laboratories. Our goal is to empower patients to take an active role in their care by creating a self-management plan to improve their quality of life.
This clinic offers patients unique access to translational research studies focused on improving diagnostic capabilities for central sensitization disorders and other hard-to-diagnose conditions.
Patients to the Fibromyalgia Clinic receive a thorough evaluation of all factors contributing to their condition to address their pain at the source. Identifying the underlying causes of your pain is the first step in developing a broader treatment plan, during which your provider will follow up with you regularly. The details of your treatment plan and the frequency of clinician follow-up may vary based on the severity of your condition.
At UT Health Austin, we take a multidisciplinary approach to your care. A tailored exercise program that might incorporate the expertise of physical therapists provides the foundation of treatment for patients with fibromyalgia. At the same time, a personalized approach to diagnosis and treatment might also incorporate assistance from additional practitioners. These can include rheumatologists, neurologists, psychiatrists, social workers, pharmacists, and others working together to help you get back to the things in your life that matter most to you.
We collaborate with our colleagues at the Dell Medical School and The University of Texas at Austin to utilize the latest research, diagnostic, and treatment techniques, allowing us to provide you with the best care, treatment, and recovery. Advanced imaging and lab testing are also available on-site if needed.
At UT Health Austin, we focus on you, the whole patient, making sure that you have the support you need throughout your care. We are committed to clear and timely communication with you, your referring provider, and other healthcare specialists, beginning with your initial visit and continuing throughout your cycle of care. Once our clinic receives a referral from your referring provider, members of the Rheumatology Clinic care team will identify any existing records of treatment in the UT Health Austin system and communicate with your referring provider to obtain needed medical records and other information. If you have received medical treatment from a provider other than your referring provider, your care team will contact you to receive a written Authorization to Receive Medical Records from your other provider(s). The Rheumatology Clinic generally will not schedule your initial appointment until it has received all relevant records. Once all records have been received and reviewed, the UT Health Austin Access Center will contact you to schedule your initial appointment.
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UT Health Austin is housed in the Health Transformation Building (HTB). The HTB is located in downtown Austin, TX on The University of Texas at Austin campus and neighbors the Dell Medical School research and learning buildings as well as the Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas.
This facility is outfitted with the latest state-of-the-art technology and organized to support an unmatched level of multidisciplinary care. Patients have access to all of the resources and amenities UT Health Austin has to offer, including attached garage parking, comfortable waiting areas, an on-site cafe, a full-service H-E-B pharmacy, advanced imaging and lab testing, and an Ambulatory Surgery Center for same-day surgical care.