Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR)

Polymyalgia Rheumatica is a condition that causes weakness in the shoulders and hips and pain and stiffness. Signs might include a new difficulty dressing or getting out of a chair. It is more common in people over 65 and significantly less common in those under 50.

It is managed with medication prescribed by your GP. Once on medication, physiotherapy can help to rebuild strength in the shoulders and hips to enable a return to the levels of function before you got ill. Early treatment and physiotherapy is related to significantly better outcomes.

If referred, you will work with therapists who will complete a holistic assessment and together you will develop a tailored plan to meet your needs.

“PMRGCAuk is a registered charity set up to meet the needs of people with the debilitating conditions polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) and giant cell arteritis (GCA).  We off support, raise awareness and promote research.”

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When to seek advice

Temporal arteritis is a rare but serious medical condition that is related to Polymyalgia Rheumatica.

The main symptoms are:

  • frequent, severe headaches
  • pain or tenderness at the side of your head (temples) or on the scalp
  • jaw pain while eating or talking
  • vision problems, such as double vision or loss of vision in 1 or both eyes


If you think you have temporal arteritis ask for an urgent on the day GP appointment or contact 111