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Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Arthritis and Rheumatism
Are There Any Treatments to Help Relieve Muscle spasms?
I have Rheumatoid Arthritis in my hips and because of that I have to walk differently. I think this is causting muscle spasms in my buttocks area. Beside muscle relaxers, what can I do to help with the muscle spasms?
Working with a physical therapist may provide you with tremendous benefit. A trained therapist should be able to evaluate your gait and discover altered mechanics or motion compensations as a result of your arthritis. A structured program that includes stretching to the buttocks and core musculature (back and abdominals) are likely to help. The program can then be transitioned to a home exercise program.
Raymond Hong, MD, MBA, FACR
Formerly, Assistant Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University