Muscle Spasms and Stiffness

Muscle spasms or stiffness are common MS symptoms, affecting at least 20 per cent of people with MS at some time. Spasms and stiffness affect people differently and can vary over time. Mild stiffness in the muscles can aid balance and mobility for some, but more severe stiffness or spasms can be tiring, frustrating and, for some, painful.

There are a number of treatments available, and health care professionals can help you find the best approach to treat or manage your symptoms. Many people find relief by identifying and avoiding things that trigger spasms.

Working with health-care professionals to plan stretching exercises, physiotherapy or drug treatments can also be important when tackling these difficult symptoms.


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