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A question about whether an individual has or had stiffness

Symptoms of Stiffness

The following features are indicative of Stiffness:
  • pain while movement of joints
  • loss of motion of joints

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Common Causes of Stiffness

The following are the most common causes of Stiffness:
  • osteoarthritis
  • ankylosing spondylitis
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • being in resting phase for longer time

Risk Factors for Stiffness

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Stiffness:
  • exposure to tobacco smoking
  • joints stiffness is more prominent in females due to hormonal changes
  • viral infection

Prevention of Stiffness

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Stiffness. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • do regular exercising

Occurrence of Stiffness

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Stiffness cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Stiffness can occur at any age.

Common Gender

Stiffness can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Stiffness

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Stiffness:
  • X-ray: To diagnose deformity of joints

Complications of Stiffness if untreated

Yes, Stiffness causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Stiffness is left untreated:
  • deformity of joints

Self-care for Stiffness

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Stiffness:
  • Take plenty of rest: To reduce joint inflammation, pain and fatigue
  • Practice balance exercises: To keep muscles healthy and strong and to maintain flexibility of joints

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This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Stiffness.

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