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Joint pain or stiffness

Stiffness is the feeling that the motion of a joint is limited or difficult. Some people with stiffness can move the joint through its full range of motion, but this movement may require force. Joint stiffness caused by inflammation usually occurs or is worse immediately after awakening or prolonged resting or immobility. Stiffness is common with arthritis.4

Different types of arthritis may affect different joints. Because inflammatory arthritis is often the cause of joint stiffness, blood tests and and x-rays or ultrasonography may be done.4

Stiffness is relieved by treating the disorder causing it. Stretching, physical therapy, and taking a hot shower after waking may relieve your stiffness and improve your mobility.4

4. Merck Manual Consumer website viewed at https://www.merckmanuals.com/home/bone,-joint,-and-muscle-disorders/symptoms-of-musculoskeletal-disorders/joint-stiffness Accessed April 20, 2018