What is Myositis?

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Have you ever experienced a sense of weakness in your muscles? It might be a symptom of myositis. Myositis is a medical term for muscle inflammation. Muscle inflammation damages the fibers of the muscle, causing the muscles to become weak and interferes with the muscles ability to contract.

Some symptoms of myositis can be muscle weakness, muscle pain, and muscle tenderness. Other symptoms might vary depending on the condition or cause of inflammation. If it’s a severe condition it will normally will begin with muscle weakness that develops slowly over weeks, months, or years depending on a variety of factors. The weakness will affect large muscle groups such as, the neck, shoulders, hips, and back.

The cause of myositis is any condition that might lead to inflammation in the muscles. In most cases this condition is very short term and only lasting about a few days. In some cases it can become a chronic condition and eventually lead to muscle atrophy or disability. The most common and severe types of myositis are dermatomyositis, polymyositis and inclusion body myositis. Dermatomyositis and polymyositis are most common among women and inclusion body myositis tends to affect more men. This condition can begin at any age. Some of the more milder conditions are lupus, scleroderma and rheumatoid arthritis. These conditions require more long term treatments.

You should contact a physician immediately if you have a fever along with the muscle pain and weakness. If you feel that you are experiencing progressively experiencing muscle weakness, working with a physical therapist can be beneficial. The Physical Therapy Experience located in both Smithtown and Oceanside, New York  have trained professionals that will be able to help you if you’re experiencing myositis symptoms that can help prevent long-term damage due to muscle inflammation. A physical therapist will be able to provide you with a variety of exercises and modalities that will reduce muscle inflammation and prevent the myositis from worsening in many cases.

Contact us today to book your appointment and we can set up specific treatment to help you with any condition you may be experiencing.


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