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Polymyositis Treatments


There is no cure. Treatment can improve your muscle strength and function. Talk with your doctor about the best plan for you. Treatment options include the following:


  • Corticosteroids—taken by mouth to reduce inflammation of the muscles (often the first medications used)
  • Immunosuppressants—nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS)


Exercising your muscles is vital and may include:

  • A regular stretching routine for weakened arms and legs
  • Light strengthening as the pain lessens and function returns
  • Physical therapy—to prevent permanent muscle damage


  • Your doctor may also suggest whirlpool baths, heat, and massages
  • It is important to get enough rest:
    • Take frequent breaks
    • Limit your activity when needed

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2020 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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