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Muscle spasms and stiffness (booklet)

Muscle spasms or stiffness are common 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 useful when tackling these difficult symptoms.


You can order a free copy of any of our printed booklets and DVDs direct from the MS Society online shop.

If you would like a large print version or a Word file for e-readers, please contact us (see below). Please also contact us for bulk order requests (branches and health or social care professionals only) and any other questions. [email protected] or 020 8438 0999

Muscle spasms and stiffness