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Treatments

  • Immunosuppressive Medicines

    Doctors use a variety of medicines to stop the immune system from attacking healthy tissues, including:

    • Corticosteroids: slow the body's immune response to relieve swelling and pain
    • Disease-modifying Antirheumatic Drugs (DMARDs): suppress the immune system broadly to prevent swelling
    • Genetically Engineered Biologics: a newer type of DMARD that targets specific immune functions

    Some of the medicines can be taken orally, but others are given as an injection. Doctors use ultrasound-guided injections, which allows us to locate the area that’s causing pain and guide the injection of medicine directly to the source.

  • Physical Therapy

    Physical therapy can help strengthen the muscles affected by myositis and improve your flexibility. A physical therapist can design a customized stretching and exercise program to prevent muscle wasting and improve the range of motion in your joints and muscles.