Why Are Your Joints Stiff?

By ProOrtho on
- Posted in: News

Stiffness can affect any joint in your body, including your fingers, hands, wrists, knees, and elbows. While experiencing joint stiffness, you may find it more difficult than usual to walk, stand, type, or perform other regular daily tasks. If your symptoms are ongoing, you should seek treatment.

Joint stiffness can occur when range of motion is limited or difficult. It can also occur just after waking up or getting up after sitting for a while. In other cases, it can be more severe and be accompanied by pain and inflammation.

Joint stiffness can occur because of several reasons, including the following:

Rheumatoid arthritis—A chronic inflammatory disorder causes your immune system to attack the lining of your joints. It often affects the wrists and the small joints of the hands and feet.

Osteoarthritis—A type of arthritis that occurs when cartilage (which cushions your joints) breaks down with age. It often affects the knees, hips, neck, lower back, and fingers.

Bursitis—Bursitis occurs when bursae (tiny fluid-filled sacs that provide joint cushioning) become inflamed. It’s most common in the elbow, shoulder, and hip, although it can affect any joint.

Fibromyalgia—This chronic pain condition affects the muscles and patients often report joint stiffness as well.

Stiff joints are usually treated by addressing the underlying cause and taking measures to provide relief. Treatment can include:

Heat or cold—A cold compress used 15-20 minutes at a time several times a day can reduce swelling and pain. A heating pad, hot bath, shower can also provide relief.

Over-the-counter medications—Anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin or ibuprofen may provide relief, especially if your stiffness is caused by arthritis.

Steroids—Corticosteroid injections can reduce inflammation, which causes stiffness and pain to decrease.

Physical therapy—Directed exercises can increase mobility and help relieve stiffness.

If you’re suffering from joint stiffness, make an appointment with ProOrtho for treatment to help you regain your mobility and provide relief for your joints.

Curious about other health, exercise, or pain management tips? Contact the top orthopedic doctors at ProOrtho today. Request an appointment here.

ProOrtho Medical Specialties

Latest ProOrtho News

  • 5 Exercises to Help Relieve Knee Pain

    5 Exercises to Help Relieve Knee Pain

    Knee strengthening exercises are important to build surrounding muscles like quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes and calves to improve knee joint stability and support. See a physician for recommendations on knee exercises specific to your condition, and if you find that a particular exercise hurts, stop and try another. 1. Squats Squats strengthen your quadriceps, glutes and …

  • Signs & Symptoms of Shoulder Arthritis

    Signs & Symptoms of Shoulder Arthritis

    The shoulder joint has more movement than any other joint in the body. Shoulder arthritis can make these frequent movements more painful. The two main types of shoulder arthritis are: Osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease) Rheumatoid arthritis (inflammatory) Osteoarthritis (OA) is typically seen in people over 50 and is due to the wear and tear on …

  • Why Are Your Joints Stiff?

    Stiffness can affect any joint in your body, including your fingers, hands, wrists, knees, and elbows. While experiencing joint stiffness, you may find it more difficult than usual to walk, stand, type, or perform other regular daily tasks. If your symptoms are ongoing, you should seek treatment. Joint stiffness can occur when range of motion …

Locations

Business Office

Surgery Center

MRI

Stay Connected

A Service of Proliance Surgeons