Joints’ Stiffness – What It Means
With age, many systems and organs of the human body begin to work much worse than in youth. This is due to the natural aging processes, no one can avoid that. However, in some cases, the body’s activity is disrupted earlier, which requires special attention. So any problems in the work of the joints is a serious reason to pay attention to your health and consult your therapist.
Let’s have a closer look into the reasons of the morning stiffness of the joints and the treatment.
Why the morning stiffness of joints arises?
Stiffness of joints in the morning should be considered in most cases as a symptom of inflammatory processes. This unpleasant sensation can appear only from time to time, and may disturb the patient constantly. Most often it passes by itself – in a few minutes or a few hours, sometimes you need to warm up to get rid of it. The main reason for this stiffness is the loss of the joint’s ability to slip naturally.
As practice shows, the morning stiffness in the joints of hands, feet, as well as in the elbow and knee joints in most cases is due to rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis or systemic lupus erythematosus.
Stiffness of the hip joints in the morning appears due to coxarthrosis that is osteoarthrosis of these joints, due to aseptic necrosis of the head of the femur or due to Bekhterev’s disease.
The same problem as the stiffness of the shoulder joints is explained by the adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder or by the “frozen shoulder“.
Stiffness of joints in different parts of the body are often the earliest symptoms of with polyarthritis.
Therapy of joint stiffness in the morning depends solely on the reason that caused this health disorder.
So rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disease. Patients are prescribed therapy, designed to reduce inflammation, eliminate pain, improve and preserve the activity of joints, and prevent the disability of patients. Doctors use immunosuppressants and cytostatics, which suppress the activity of immunity. Sometimes with severe joint deformities, surgical treatment can not be avoided.
With psoriatic arthritis, treatment is aimed at correcting the underlying disease. Patients are also selected means that reduce pain and inflammation of the joints, as well as slowing their damage. What are important to do in such cases? Healthy lifestyle, regular exercise and therapy, healthy weight help a lot in this case. In especially severe cases, glucocorticosteroids and immunomodulating drugs are used.
At the early stage of coxarthrosis, its s very important to lessen the load on the sick leg and to use a cane, if necessary. To eliminate pain, analgesics and NSAIDs are used. Therapeutic compresses, massages,exercise therapy can be very effective as well.
If the disease is at severe stage, only by surgical intervention can help – arthroplasty of the joint or osteotomy of the hip with parallel fixation of bone fragments.
In polyarthritis, therapy involves the use of NSAIDs, which are aimed at eliminating inflammation and pain in the area of affected joints. Also often used antibiotics (usually macrolides), they are designed to destroy the infectious agents that caused the development of the disease. In addition, corticosteroids and antirheumatic medicines may be used.
Treatment of polyarthritis usually involves the physiotherapy procedures: ultrasound therapy, magnetotherapy, phono and electrophoresis, cryotherapy and paraffin therapy.
Once you notice a morning stiffness in the joints, take it seriously and consult your doctor. Timely and correct diagnosis and the right treatment will help to keep your health.