Joint Stiffness
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Kaito Nakamura, MD (Rheumatology & Allergy)

Dr. Nakamura is a rheumatologist who has practiced in the Ota Nishinouchi Hospital attached to Ota General Hospital, National Health Insurance Matsudo City Hospital, Chiba University Hospital, and the National Health Insurance Asahi Central Hospital.

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  • The little finger of the right hand is stiff

  • The little finger of the right foot is stiff

  • The middle finger of the right foot is stiff

  • The middle finger of the right hand is stiff

  • The middle finger of the left hand is stiff

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Content updated on Jan 4, 2023

About the symptom

Joint stiffness is the sensation of difficulty moving a joint or the apparent loss of range of motion of a joint.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Muscle weakness in the limbs

  • Difficulty breathing / breathlessness

  • Gross hematuria

  • Swelling of the affected area

  • Low back pain

  • Recent weight loss

  • Fever

  • Disorder of consciousness

  • Fainting with loss of consciousness

  • Altered mental status (delirium)

  • Numbness / sensory disorder

  • Repeated fever above 38 ℃

  • Dysphagia

  • Impossible to walk normally

Possible causes

  • Shoulder periarthritis

    Also known as "frozen shoulder". This condition is caused by inflammation of the ligaments and capsule around the shoulder joint. As the disease progresses, patients find it increasingly difficult to move the shoulder joint. Risk factors include diabetes, thyroid conditions, age, and injury to the joint.

  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)

    An inflammatory disease affecting multiple joints, particularly in the hands and feet. The cause is autoimmunity (body's immune system attacking itself).

  • Fibromyalgia

    A condition causing widespread pain and muscle aches throughout the body. The cause is not well understood.

  • Chronic pain
  • Lumbar vertebrae disk herniation
  • Shingles
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • Sjogren syndrome

Related serious diseases

  • Malignant syndrome

    Also known as neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS), it is a rare and serious reaction to certain medications. Symptoms usually begin within hours to days after exposure to the medication but can sometimes occur up to a month after starting it. Common causative medications include antipsychotics and occasionally drugs used to treat or prevent vomiting, Parkinson's disease, etc. Symptoms include dangerously high body temperature, muscular rigidity, and severe agitation and altered mental status.

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  • Do you have stiff joints?

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Reviewed By:

Kaito Nakamura, MD

Kaito Nakamura, MD (Rheumatology & Allergy)

Dr. Nakamura is a rheumatologist who has practiced in the Ota Nishinouchi Hospital attached to Ota General Hospital, National Health Insurance Matsudo City Hospital, Chiba University Hospital, and the National Health Insurance Asahi Central Hospital.

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