Causes of Joint stiffness

Ankylosing spondylitis: As well as causing symptoms in your back and spine, AS can also cause inflammation of the joints (arthritis) in other parts of your body, such as your hips and knees.

Source: NHS Choices UK1

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Arthritis: Arthritis

People with arthritis endure constant and often disabling joint pain, usually in the hips, knees, wrists or fingers. The pain can come on suddenly or over time, and is often linked with muscle aches and stiffness in the joints.

Various different types of arthritis - including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and lupus - can cause joint damage.

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Source: NHS Choices UK2

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Rheumatoid arthritis: Joints affected by rheumatoid arthritis can feel stiff. For example, if your hands are affected, you may not be able to fully bend your fingers or form a fist.

Source: NHS Choices UK3

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Sjögren's syndrome: A medication called hydroxychloroquine is sometimes recommended by Sjögren's syndrome specialists as a treatment for joint pain or stiffness if other methods haven't helped.

Source: NHS Choices UK4

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Cold weather: Joint stiffness isn’t the only problem low temperatures can cause.

As the weather changes, so can the pressure in your joints. If you think of the tissues surrounding the joint as a balloon, Gourley explains, the balloon around the joint will expand a little when air pressure is low. The expanding tissues put pressure on the joint. People can actually feel changes in air pressure in their joints, which is why some people say they can predict the weather by the pain in their joints.

Source: NIH News in Health (NIH)5

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  1. Source: NHS Choices UK: conditions/ ankylosing-spondylitis/ symptoms/ 
  2. Source: NHS Choices UK: Livewell/ Pain/ Pages/ 20-painful-conditions.aspx
  3. Source: NHS Choices UK: conditions/ rheumatoid-arthritis/ symptoms/ 
  4. Source: NHS Choices UK: conditions/ sjogrens-syndrome/ treatment/ 
  5. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): 2009/ January/ feature1.htm
  6. Source: Human Phenotype Ontology
  7. Source: Algorithmically Generated List

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