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Dr. Walker Wynkoop
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Stiffness Or Decreased Movement (Definition)

Stiffness is a symptom of inflammation surrounding a joint or muscle and making it more resistant to movement. Neurological disorders can sometimes cause stiffness. ...Read more


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Knee creaking, stiffness and pain started suddenly?

Knee creaking, stiffness and pain started suddenly?

Probably nothing: We all get pain creaking of joints without any significant pathology; would seek help if symptoms persisit. ...Read more

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I've been getting stiffness and pain in my knees. What can I do to help stop this?

I've been getting stiffness and pain in my knees. What can I do to help stop this?

Need a diagnosis: You need to see your physician. A history and examination will help clarify what you have. Imaging like X-ray, ultrasound or MRI may help clarify the diagnosis. A rheumatologist can help you decide. ...Read more

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I'm still getting stiffness and pain in my knees. What can I do to help help this?

I'm still getting stiffness and pain in my knees. What can I do to help help this?

Get evaluated: Knee pain can have multiple causes including but not limited to trauma, infection, and neoplasm. Stiffness is often a sign of arthritic changes. A thorough history and physical followed by diagnostic imaging can help get the answers and treatment you might need. ...Read more

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What can cause knee stiffness?

What can cause knee stiffness?

Trauma, Arthritis: Injuries, osteoarthritis, surgery, bleeding into the joint from coagulopathies or blood thiners, gout, other forms of arthritis. ...Read more

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How can I relieve knee stiffness?

How can I relieve knee stiffness?

Dtermine the cause: First of all, you should determine the cause. I would suggest an orthopedic or rheumatologic consultation. Avoid medications if it is not a big issue. Specific exercises may help. ...Read more

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How can I reduce knee stiffness / pain?

How can I reduce knee stiffness / pain?

Stretch exercise: Regular stretching and exercise, ice after exercise, occasional nsaids, low impact exercise, avoid deep squats and lunges with knee pain. Hydration is very important for cartilage health. Bicycles and elliptical machines are safe for most ...Read more

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What are some causes of knee stiffness?

What are some causes of knee stiffness?

Arthritis, effusion: Arthritis and a simple knee effusion ("water on the knee") or swelling can lead to knee stiffness. ...Read more

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What can cause knee stiffness (no pain)?

What can cause knee stiffness (no pain)?

Arthritis, possibly.: Could be arthritis. If it seems to be worsening then seek medical help. Your PCP can send you for x-rays and refer you to an orthopaedist if necessary. ...Read more

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What could be causing my knee stiffness?

What could be causing my knee stiffness?

Number of reasons -: 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.
Thanks! ...Read more

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I'm asking about knee stiffness and pain?

I'm asking about knee stiffness and pain?

Knee pain: Stiffness is a hallmark of arthritis, as is pain. Limited range of motion can be caused by arthritis, meniscal or ligament tears, loose bodies, muscle and soft tissue tightness, etc. ...Read more

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What are some causes of major knee stiffness?

Trauma, Arthritis: Injuries, osteoarthritis, surgery, bleeding into the joint from coagulopathies or blood thiners, gout, other forms of arthritis. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of my knee stiffness?

What could be the cause of my knee stiffness?

See below: This can be anything from osteoarthritis to something inflammatory such as rheumatoid. Without any more details, it is difficult to say what you have. Consider seeing your doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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I notice knee stiffness everyday when I wake up?

I notice knee stiffness everyday when I wake up?

Stiff Knee: Try an anti inflammatory, plus heat and gentle range of motion exercises. If it is not improving after a few days to a week, see your doc. ...Read more

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What can I do about knee stiffness in teenagers?

What can I do about knee stiffness in teenagers?

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

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What is the definition or description of: Knee stiffness?

What is the definition or description of: Knee stiffness?

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

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Should I exercise or not to help cope with knee stiffness?

Should I exercise or not to help cope with knee stiffness?

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

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What to do if I have knee stiffness without pain - what can it be?

What to do if I have knee stiffness without pain - what can it be?

Nothing: Minor stiffness generally requires no evaluation or therapy so you can either live with it or have the knee evaluated. ...Read more

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Sudden intense knee stiffness that I have not had before. Thoughts?

Sudden intense knee stiffness that I have not had before. Thoughts?

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

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My knee is stiff from sitting all day. What can I do to decrease the stiffness?

Stretch more: Get up and walk around or stretch a bit at least every 2 hours. The longer you sit still, the stiffer you will feel when you finally do try to get up. If you are having swelling or intense pain along with the stiffness, those would be reasons to get examined by your dr. ...Read more

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What could be causing sudden intense knee stiffness and what can I do to treat it?

What could be causing sudden intense knee stiffness and what can I do to treat it?

Knee stiffness: Likely cause is effusion, hemarthrosis, or loose body/impinging torn tissues such as meniscus. Check with orthopedic surgeon for imaging and good exam. May need knee arthroscopy. ...Read more

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I want to know what's the cause of my knee stiffness. What tests would I need to do?

I want to know what's the cause of my knee stiffness. What tests would I need to do?

See a doctor: There are many causes of knee stiffness. Some of these include damage from prior injuries, arthritis, metabolic diseases, stress due to weight, overuse, etc. If you are having this problem and have no obvious answer you should see your doctor to be evaluated. ...Read more

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3 weeks ago, I developed sudden stiffness in both knees. I still have this and it appears to be getting worse. Any ideas how I can relieve this?

3 weeks ago, I developed sudden stiffness in both knees. I still have this and it appears to be getting worse. Any ideas how I can relieve this?

Trauma?: Did you fall on or injure your knees? As you age, it is normal to get mild discomfort in your knees secondary to aging changes. Rarely, bilateral knee pain or stiffness can be a sign of an autoimmune connective tissue disease. The best treatment is to keep moving and try mild pain relievers such as acetaminophen. If you have continued stiffness see a doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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What should I do? I have pain and stiffness in hip and knee?

What should I do? I have pain and stiffness in hip and knee?

Many possibilities: Pain and stiffness of a joint can be due to many things such as gout, infection, inflammation of the bursa, or due to tendon, cartilage, or bone abnormalities. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Stiffness and bulge behind the right knee?

Stiffness and bulge behind the right knee?

Baker's cyst: Your knee very likely has cartilage wear and has an effusion, or joint swelling. Some of the fluid from the knee joint can drain to the back of the knee causing a swelling, called a baker's cyst. These are usually painful, unless they burst when the fluid can enter the calf muscles and cause swelling and burning there. The other source of swelling behind the knee can be a clot. Get seen. ...Read more

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What can cause knee stiffness after knee scope?

Stiffness: Swelling from synovitis called an effusion. Swelling from bleed called hemarthrosis. Also stiffness from self-induced guarding of motion, among others. ...Read more

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What is really good for knee stiffness and aches?

What is really good for knee stiffness and aches?

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

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What all may be causing my knee stiffness and swelling?

What all may be causing my knee stiffness and swelling?

Many causes: Septic arthritis, rheumatoid, wrighters syndrome, ligament or meniscus tear, joint effusion, osteoarthritis, lupus, etc. ...Read more

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Where do I start to evaluate knee stiffness in a teenager?

Where do I start to evaluate knee stiffness in a teenager?

Stiff knee: First evaluation should be by the primary care physician before directly making appointment with the orthopedic surgeon or rheumatologist. ...Read more