Myositis refers to any condition that causes muscle inflammation, a condition that has several causes. Myositis can be caused by an autoimmune disease where the body attacks its own tissues, viral infection, or vigorous exercise. Myositis is accompanied by joint and muscle pain, lung issues, fatigue, and trouble breathing or swallowing. If you have any of these symptoms, it may be a good idea to get tested for myositis. A doctor will administer a blood test, MRI scan, or muscle biopsy to determine the actual cause.
If you’re diagnosed, physical therapy is an effective way to manage the symptoms of myositis and improve your lifestyle. Every patient is different and will react differently to treatment, so it’s important to work closely with your therapist to create a plan that best suits your personal needs. A healthcare provider may require you to keep a log of your daily schedule. Be prepared to explain your day-to-day activities to help accurately address the causes for your personal symptoms. If you have a lot of physical activity throughout the day, your therapist will advise you on how to manage your body accordingly.
When it comes to exercising, it’s recommended that you warm up slowly so your blood flow and heart rate will increase at a safe and gradual rate. If you jump too quickly into physical activities, you may overexert yourself or even cause injury. Working with a physical therapist will help you to better understand the correct way to workout with this condition, doing so safely and effectively. As always, be sure to stay hydrated and if you feel yourself exerting too much energy, take a moment to rest.
At Farmingdale Physical Therapy East, we understand that every patient is different and that’s why we aim to improve your health and well-being through the best possible care. If you have myositis and live near Farmingdale, contact us to find out how we can help you customize a rehabilitation program.