Muscle Rigidity

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Yoshinori Abe, MD (Internal medicine)

Dr. Abe graduated from The University of Tokyo School of Medicine in 2015. He completed his residency at the Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Longevity Medical Center. He co-founded Ubie, Inc. in May 2017, where he currently serves as CEO & product owner at Ubie. Since December 2019, he has been a member of the Special Committee for Activation of Research in Emergency AI of the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine. | | Dr. Abe has been elected in the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Healthcare & Science category.

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  • Muscle rigidity

  • Muscle rigidity followed by other symptoms

  • Stiff muscles and joints started first

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Content updated on Jan 4, 2023

About the symptom

Muscle contraction refers to the tightening and shortening of the muscles.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Involuntary movements

  • Fine tremor of the fingers

  • Muscle weakness in the limbs

  • Numbness / sensory disorder

  • Impossible to walk normally

  • Back pain

  • Abnormal sensation (tingling, prickling)

  • Disorder of consciousness

  • Head injury

  • Seizure attack

  • Unilateral blindness

  • Neck pain / stiffness

Possible causes

  • Spasticity

    Spasticity is abnormal muscle tightness due to prolonged muscle contraction. IIt is usually associated with damage to the spinal cord, brain or nerves.

  • Influenza

    An infection causes by the influenza virus which usually affects the respiratory tract (nose-windpipe-lungs).

  • Spinal cord tumor

    A spinal tumor is a tumor that develops within the spinal canal or the bones of the spine. It can be life-threatening and cause permanent disability. Causes include environmental toxins, certain inherited syndromes, such as neurofibromatosis 2 and von Hippel-Lindau disease.

  • Polymyalgia rheumatica
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Striatal substantia nigra degeneration
  • Muscular dystrophy

Related serious diseases

  • Cerebral hemorrhage

    This is a life-threatening condition where there is bleeding into the tissues or spaces in the brain. It is a type of stroke. Causes include high blood pressure, dilated and weak blood vessels, bleeding from a tumour and head trauma. Risk factors include hypertension, excessive alcohol consumption and diabetes.

  • Brain edema
  • Cerebral infarction

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you have stiff muscle and/or joints that are not flexible even with assistance?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have headaches or does your head feel heavy?

  • Do you have problems focusing or a reduced sense of awareness in your surroundings?

  • Do you feel any numbness or change in sensation?

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Reviewed By:

Yoshinori Abe

Yoshinori Abe, MD (Internal medicine)

Dr. Abe graduated from The University of Tokyo School of Medicine in 2015. He completed his residency at the Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Longevity Medical Center. He co-founded Ubie, Inc. in May 2017, where he currently serves as CEO & product owner at Ubie. Since December 2019, he has been a member of the Special Committee for Activation of Research in Emergency AI of the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine. | | Dr. Abe has been elected in the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Healthcare & Science category.

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