Treatment of MNM depends on the disorder that’s causing your condition. First, your doctor must determine the underlying condition.
A neuromuscular neurologist will develop your treatment plan. You’ll also have a consultation with a rheumatologist if you have any diseases that involve connective tissue. An example of this type of disease is arthritis.
The aims of the treatment are to:
- address the illness that is the cause of the problem
- control symptoms with medication or nutritional supplementation
- provide care and support to increase your independence
Your doctor may suggest occupational therapy (OT) to help increase your mobility and independence. According to the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), the goal of OT is to help people with a disability or people recovering from an injury to regain the skills needed for their daily activities or occupations.
Your OT therapist will visit your home or work environment and suggest ways to accomplish activities safely. They may provide a plan of exercises to help you regain motor skills and strengthen muscles. Also, they may suggest using adaptive equipment to help you move through your house and keep you from falling. These items may include:
- a railing on steps
- a bath or shower seat
- adequate lighting
- a stair lift
You may benefit from orthopedic aids if you’re having difficulty moving around in or outside your home. These include:
- a wheelchair
- corrective shoes
Your doctor may recommend physical therapy as part of your treatment plan. This involves stretching and strengthening exercises and low-impact aerobics to strengthen your muscles, increase flexibility, and improve balance.
Vocational therapy (VT) is a valuable part of a structured treatment program. The aim of VT is to help you resume employment. It can help you cope with the changes in your physical and mental functioning. It can also help you find an occupation that’s productive and matches your abilities.
Your doctor may prescribe medication to help manage your pain, including:
- antidepressants (for relief from stabbing pains)