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"My knee feels stiff when I sit for a long time and it hurts to get up. But, after I walk for a few minutes, the pain eases up."
"My hands are stiff in the morning or after I take a nap during the day. After I have been awake for about twenty minutes, the pain is completely gone."
"My lower back is very tight in the morning and it hurts to get out of the bed. I do a few exercises and my back seems to loosen up."
The above are just a few of the comments I hear on an almost daily basis. In osteoarthritis, joints are commonly sore, stiff, and painful after sleep or after resting them for a while. After getting up, the joints "loosen up" as they move around and are used. In the spine, the small facet joints are a common source of arthritis and back pain. The facet joints work as hinge joints similar to the hinges on a door. In a young, non-arthritic person, the joints glide smoothly over one another. However, as the joints become arthritic, they function more as a rusty hi...
Lately, I’ve found that my hips have stiffened up. According to my massage therapist, part of the reason is due to lower back issues that I’ve been facing. It turns out that my lower back has recruited my hip muscles into a revolt that at times can be uncomfortable and at times can be downright painful.
And I’m not alone because, unfortunately, stiff hips can be part of aging for women. In her book, “Fit and Fabulous After 40,” Denise Austin notes that women’s hips differ from men’s. “Our hip socket is called a Q socket, and unlike men, the line from knee to hip isn’t straight; our femurs, or upper leg bones, fit into the hip socket at an angle,” she writes. “For this reason, women tend to experience more hip problems are they grow older.” She notes that issues with your hips can impact your ability to walk and also can lead to back pain and other injuries. Plus, I want to do everything I can to avoid getting arth...
There are many reasons why knee stiffness occurs after joint replacement. In this article, ways to predict and manage such a problem are reported. Computerized records of almost 10,000 patients were reviewed to provide this information. Stiffness was defined for this study as less than 90-degrees of knee flexion. Two groups of patients were compared. The first group had a total knee replacement (TKR) with stiffness afterwards. The second (control) group had a TKR without stiffness. Everything about these patients was compared. For example, age, race, sex, and body mass index were compared. Range of motion before the surgery was reported. Details of the operation such as length of time and blood loss were included. The authors report that more patients with stiff knees after TKR were younger than the control group patients. Women were affected more often than men. They had shorter patellar (kneecap) length and longer patellar tendon. These changes lead to a slightly different position of...
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