Myositis refers to a group of rare chronic muscle diseases that are, most often, both idiopathic (no known cause) and autoimmune in nature. There is no known cure for myositis, but some patients may experience partial or complete remission with proper treatment.
Many researchers believe that most cases of myositis are caused by a malfunctioning immune system that mistakenly attacks the body’s normal, healthy tissues with swelling and inflammation, but other known causes include infections, injury, certain medications, electrolyte level imbalance, and thyroid and inherited diseases.
There are several different subtypes of myositis, the most common of which are:
Individuals with myositis experience a wide range of symptoms, including:
The specialists at Lancaster Orthopedic Group are trained to recognize the signs and symptoms of myositis and muscle malfunction. Through a combination of personal and family health histories, blood tests, muscle biopsy, electromyograms (EMG), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), your physician will identify the condition and help determine the best course of treatment.