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Stiff Knee After Exercise
You should exercise: If you don't stretch and exercise your knees will tend to become more stiff and week. Joint cartilage is nourished through the diffusion of nutrients and motion improves diffusion of nutrients. Try to stretch your hamstrings quads and calf muscles for a few minutes each day. You can stretch in a warm shower to improve your flexibility. ...Read more
Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)
Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more
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Like an injury to it, bleeding into the joint, or fluid build up from any cause, a fracture of the bones making the knee joint, pulled muscles, strained ligaments around the knee.
Could you provide more details as to how it developed? Any injury, any immobility for any reasons, etc, etc.
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Stretch: Knee stiffness in teenagers if not associated with redness and swelling is typically related to tight hamstrings, quads, and calf muscles. Teenagers are still in their growth phase. Bones grow faster than muscles and tendons so it is not unusual for these to become tight as teenagers become taller. A good stretching program can be very helpful. Remember stretching needs to be done daily. ...Read more
See below: There is a normal range of motion in the knee. A "stiff" knee typically refers to either a range of motion that is significantly below normal, or a knee that has an abnormally high resistance to motion within a normal range. ...Read more
Nothing: Minor stiffness generally requires no evaluation or therapy so you can either live with it or have the knee evaluated. ...Read more
Effusion: Sudden knee stiffness without a significant injury is likely due to swelling or fluid within the knee, aka an effusion. It is important to figure out why the knee filled up with fluid. There are many reasons why it could do this. It is best to see your doctor. ...Read more
Rest!: Most people's knee stiffness is due to an internal injury of the knee itself, whether it is cartilage as in arthritis or a meniscus tear, the first objective if the condition is acute is to rest the joint, use ice and an anti inflammatory agent such as Aleve or aspirin. If you have a history of stomach ulcers then us tylenol (acetaminophen) to manage the aching. ...Read more
Stiff knee: First evaluation should be by the primary care physician before directly making appointment with the orthopedic surgeon or rheumatologist. ...Read more
See below: Have your doctor refer you to a physiatrist for aggressive rehabilitation. ...Read more
Stretch: Get up and stretch and walk.Get a more detailed answer ›
My knee swelled up to twice its size but it healed but I keep having frequent knee stiffness and permanant limping, what could be wrong?
Needs ortho or rheum: Needs orthopedic or rheumatologic evaluation as there are many possiblities, including internal derangement. ...Read more
Possibly: Yes, especially if you have preexisting knee issues. ...Read more
Move it: Perhaps you should get up more frequently and move around. Knee stiffness is not uncommon as a symptom of arthritis, but it may simply be a minor problem, especially if it works its way out quickly upon standing. Prolonged stiffness for 30 minutes or more may indicate a more complex problem. You could try simply swinging it back and forth before you stand up. ...Read more