Physical Therapy for Dermatomyositis

Specialists at NYU Langone recommend physical therapy as an important part of treatment for muscle weakness associated with dermatomyositis. Therapy should be started as soon as symptoms are under control. Most people are able to reduce muscle weakness after taking medication as directed by their doctor.

Our neuromuscular specialists and rheumatologists, who manage conditions that cause painful swelling in joints and muscles, work with physical therapists at NYU Langone’s Rusk Rehabilitation to help you rebuild strength in weakened muscles. Physical therapy can restore range of motion in joints that may have become stiff with underuse. It can also increase flexibility and prevent further loss of muscle tissue.

Over time, your physical therapist may suggest more rigorous exercises, such as brisk walking, swimming, yoga, or tai chi—a low-impact activity that consists of simple body movements held for varying periods. Physical therapy and exercise improve blood flow, helping you heal. They can also boost your sense of wellbeing.

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