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Dr. Scott Keith
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Joint Tightness (Overview)

The term joint tightness is usually used to describe the loss of motion in a joint to s point that it is below normal or an increase in resistance as a joint is moved through its motion.


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What causes tight joints in the knees?

What causes tight joints in the knees?

Fluid: May be fluid in the knee can make you feel tight becuse the space in the joint becom smaller due to valium of the fliud. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Keith
10 Doctors shared insights

Joint Tightness (Overview)

The term joint tightness is usually used to describe the loss of motion in a joint to s point that it is below normal or an increase in resistance as a joint is moved through its motion.


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What are common causes of left thigh muscle/joint tightness?

What are common causes of left thigh muscle/joint tightness?

Any injury to the -: Thigh or joint area, can cause bleeding around and in the muscles, resulting in loss of motion of the nearby joint, initially due to the pain, then scar tissue formation, or even myositis ossificans, if treatment is not started early enough, with range of motion exercises, ultrasound, pain meds, ice/heat, pain meds. With early treatments the risk of m. Ossificans has greatly reduced nowadays. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Joint tightness?

What is the definition or description of: Joint tightness?

See below: The term joint tightness is usually used to describe the loss of motion in a joint to s point that it is below normal or an increase in resistance as a joint is moved through its motion. ...Read more

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Left thigh muscle/joint tightness could be symptoms of what?

Left thigh muscle/joint tightness could be symptoms of what?

Need more informatio: I would need more information to determine what is going on. It would be helpful to know when the pain started, how it affects your activities, and any associated symptoms. ...Read more

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What are common causes of left thigh muscle/joint tightness?

Any injury to the -: Thigh or joint area, can cause bleeding around and in the muscles, resulting in loss of motion of the nearby joint, initially due to the pain, then scar tissue formation, or even myositis ossificans, if treatment is not started early enough, with range of motion exercises, ultrasound, pain meds, ice/heat, pain meds. With early treatments the risk of m. Ossificans has greatly reduced nowadays. ...Read more

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I had emg which showed fasciculations and told it was normal. Have brisk reflexes whole body muscle soreness and joint tightness. Can emg miss als?

I had emg which showed fasciculations and told it was normal. Have brisk reflexes whole body muscle soreness and joint tightness. Can emg miss als?

Can be tricky: The diagnosis of ALS can be tricky using EMG criteria only. And yes, in the early stages of the disease the test may not even be that sensitive. However, and thankfully, ALS is a relatively rare and unusual disorder for anybody under the age of 50 or 55 to contract. Best evaluation is by a neurologist with experience in neuromuscular disorders and by using both clinical and electrical information. ...Read more

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Temporomandibular joint pressure, tightness. Can it be a sign of any internal problems?

Temporomandibular joint pressure, tightness. Can it be a sign of any internal problems?

Could be: Tmj problems can be dental related or arise from degenerative joint problem. You will needd to start with your dentist to rule out the dental problem first before anything else. ...Read more

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What can lead to snapping joints, chest tightness, frequent urination along with muscle and joint pain?

What can lead to snapping joints, chest tightness, frequent urination along with muscle and joint pain?

Fibromyalgia: 40's person w. "snapping joints, chest tightness, frequent urination, ; muscle ; joint pain" notes several symptoms of fibromyalgia (fm). Joint hypermobility symdrome (jhs) is associated marker of fibromyalgia per british medical literature. Hypermobile joints evoke snapping crepitations attendent with joint subluxations ; associated spastic muscles. Persons w. Jhs have increased incidence of fm. ...Read more

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What causes tight joints in the knees?

Fluid: May be fluid in the knee can make you feel tight becuse the space in the joint becom smaller due to valium of the fliud. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with a morton's neuroma and there is a clicking in both ankle joints with a tightness that runs from one to the other. Hardware?

I have been diagnosed with a morton's neuroma and there is a clicking in both ankle joints with a tightness that runs from one to the other. Hardware?

More info needed: To receive an answer that will be more helpful for you, you need to give more information...Your health status, any problems such as gout, diabetes or blood pressure concerns. You should state how long it has been a problem and what you do to make it feel better. Also tells us what it looks like. Is it discolored, swollen or point tender. The more you tell the better the answer. ...Read more

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Can sjogren's syndrome cause tightness in joints with no swelling and only mild moving joint pain? I have full range of joints but just feel tight.

Can sjogren's syndrome cause tightness in joints with no swelling and only mild moving joint pain? I have full range of joints but just feel tight.

Normal: Sjogrens causes abnormal secretions from lacrimal and salivary glands causing dry eyes, and dry mouth. Know of no effect on joint lubrication, pain, motion, or stability. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have joint noises of the spine when turning my body? Muscles feel tight also.

What does it mean if I have joint noises of the spine when turning my body? Muscles feel tight also.

Spine noise: LeeP ~ at 19 yo it simply means you need to see more of the sunshine and less of a computer screen. Your muscles sound contracted and stiff. It sounds as though you really must do more exercise or at least mobilisation of all joints by exercise or even walking. You will FEEL so much more healthy as well! ...Read more

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Temporomandibular joint syndrome (tmj) without pain but lots of tightness--what to use besides guard?

Temporomandibular joint syndrome (tmj) without pain but lots of tightness--what to use besides guard?

Several Things...: You're very fortunate if you are pain free. I generally prescribe muscle relaxants like cyclobenzaprine (flexeril) for muscle tightness. You can also apply moist heat (much better than ice) to your facial or jaw muscles to relax them. Also, over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen (advil) or Naproxen (aleve) may be beneficial. ...Read more

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Why do joints swell at night? If I fall asleep with ring on I wake up and it's extremely tight and hard to remove. Why so much night swelling?

Why do joints swell at night? If I fall asleep with ring on I wake up and it's extremely tight and hard to remove. Why so much night swelling?

Unclear: In your age bracket, water retention and autoimmune disorder are possible candidates for your swelling. E Water retention can be related to medication and/or kidney function among other entities. An autoimmune process is where the body attacks itself. This swelling should be evaluated by your doctor. This swelling is not something to just guess about. ...Read more

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My hands feel tight but don't look swollen for about 3 weeks. I have occasional mild joint pain. I am a 45 yr old male.

My hands feel tight but don't look swollen for about 3 weeks. I have occasional mild joint pain. I am a 45 yr old male.

Ans: Well start to passively exercise the hands and get them moving. This will help you. What kind of work do you do? Do you use your hands excessively? ...Read more

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What are things that would make your knee slip out of place? I have been having clunking in the knee joint. I was told my hamstring is tight?

What are things that would make your knee slip out of place? I have been having clunking in the knee joint. I was told my hamstring is tight?

Several: There are several conditons that can cause the feeling that the knee "slips out of place". Meniscal tears, ligament injuries and patellar instability are three of the most common possibilities. It is time to seek an orthopaedic evaluation. A thorough history and exam may provide the answer, but aditional studies such as an MRI may also be helpful if needed. ...Read more

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Constant knee pain seems lateral. Collateral ligament is tight & painful and it is also causing the joint to grind. What could be causing this?

Constant knee pain seems lateral. Collateral ligament is tight & painful and it is also causing the joint to grind. What could be causing this?

Knee Nightmare: Pain about the knee can be due to many reasons. Medial pain can occur due to ligament, meniscal or bursal injury. Similarly, lateral pain can occur for these reasons but less so for meniscal injury as it is a distinct structure apart from the collateral ligament. A common, but often overlooked, condition is iliotibial band syndrome that can cause pain anywhere from the hip to the lateral knee. ...Read more

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My shoulders bothering me. When I lift my arm a little burning pain in the 'corner' of my joint. Neck and upper chest feel tight. Surfing a lot.

My shoulders bothering me. When I lift my arm a little burning pain in the 'corner' of my joint. Neck and upper chest feel tight. Surfing a lot.

Rotator Cuff: Sounds like you are suffering from a tendonitis/strain in one of your Rotator cuff tendons!! Upper chest muscle strain may also be playing a role in your symptoms. SURFING will do it!!! Rest and take anti-inflammatory medications for a while. See a Physical Medicine DOC Physiatrist who can analyze what you are doing while surfing to strain your shoulder/upper chest
Hope this helps
Dr Z ...Read more

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Joint pain sternum? A lot worse on the left side. Seems like all intercostal muscles left side are very tight. Why just left side? I'm 17 athlete

Joint pain sternum? A lot worse on the left side. Seems like all intercostal muscles left side are very tight. Why just left side? I'm 17 athlete

Sternum pain: 17 F athlete notes st renal pain on L. Seems like muscles are tight. ANS: review with your team what you are doing that may cause sternal costrochronditis? ...Read more

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I have tight sternocleidomastoid muscle, plus scalene and painful tmj joint but normal opening. No neurological symptoms. Could all this be muscle?

I have tight sternocleidomastoid muscle, plus scalene and painful tmj joint but normal opening. No neurological symptoms. Could all this be muscle?

Yes, muscle spasms: It is difficult to make a suggestion without more history but TMJ can cause muscle spasms, but not usually in the SCM and scalenes. The SCM muscle may be spastic by the way you sleep or use it and also may be caused by a virus. Try ibuprofen and if not relieved in 2-3 days see a doctor as there may be something under the muscle causing it. ...Read more

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I've had a fever for 2 days, a cough, tightness in chest, achy joints, coughing up sputum and it's difficult to breathe deep. Should I see a Dr?

I've had a fever for 2 days, a cough, tightness in chest, achy joints, coughing up sputum and it's difficult to breathe deep. Should I see a Dr?

Yes: From the Family Doc perspective, viral upper respiratory infections are much more common than bacterial. And they all present in similar fashion. Plus sputum color doesn't really tell us anything. So the reason I would recommend that you see your GP is b/c you're reporting difficulty breathing. That needs to be evaluated ASAP. Please don't wait to see if that will go away. Go to A&E if necessary. ...Read more

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Woke with severe pain left little toe joint. No injury remembered but has been hurting a little for weeks. I don't wear tight shoes or heels.

Get it checked: Trauma and shoe irritation would be the most likely reasons. Check between the toes for signs of irritation or a soft corn. If nothing unusual is noted, have a podiatrist evaluate it. You may need x-rays to check for occult fracture or arthritis. ...Read more

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Always crack the joint at my kneecap to relieve tension because it feels tight. Sometimes it cracks involuntarily when I walk. Will it injured my knee?

No: If there is no pain, this will not injure your knee. The sound that occurs when "cracking" diarthrodial joints is thought to involve gas release from the synovial fluid inside the joint capsule. A bubble can actually be seen in a joint after cracking. Cracking is then impossible until the gas has redissolved. Kind of a science fun fact, but certainly no need to worry about injury. ...Read more

Tightness (Definition)

Tightness can mean different states at distinctive times. The most common is the complaint of tightness of chest, a feeling of discomfort, real or perceived, seen often in patients with asthma or panic disorder, or heart attack. Your physician ...Read more


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Joints (Definition)

Joints are parts of the body, formed by the cartilage-covered ends of bones plus the strong, flexible ligaments that attach the bones to one another. Movements at the joints in the body allow the different parts of the body to move in ...Read more