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Elbow Stiffness Checker

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Your Elbow Stiffness May Also be Known as:
Arm stiffness
Elbow tightness
Hard to bend arm
Hard to bend elbow
Hard to move arm
Hard to move elbow
Stiff arm
Stiff elbow
Tight elbow

Top 2 Elbow Stiffness Causes

  1. 1.Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a form of arthritis that causes pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of function in your joints. It can affect any joint but is common in the wrist and fingers. RA is an autoimmune disorder, meaning that it is caused by the immune system incorrectly attacking the joints when it shouldn't.

    You should visit your primary care physician who will coordinate care with a specialist. RA is a complex disease, which can require prescription medication to help slow down the damage to your joints, as well as pain killers such as ibuprofen (Advil), or naproxen (Anaprox and Naprosyn). Exercise, especially swimming, can also help with pain and stiffness.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, depressed mood, muscle aches, joint pain, daytime sleepiness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  2. 2.Septic Arthritis

    Septic arthritis is an intensely painful joint infection.

    You should go to the ER immediately. Treatment entails draining the infected area and providing antibiotics to fight the infection.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fever, chills, joint pain, knee pain, pain in one knee
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Elbow Stiffness

  • Q.How long has your elbow stiffness been going on?
  • Q.Is your elbow stiffness constant or come-and-go?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions, check our elbow stiffness symptom checker.

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Elbow Stiffness Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced elbow stiffness have also experienced:

    • 11% Stiff Shoulder
    • 7% Wrist Stiffness
    • 4% Pain in One Arm
  • People who have experienced elbow stiffness had symptoms persist for:

    • 47% Over a Month
    • 18% Two Weeks to a Month
    • 18% Less Than a Week
  • People who have experienced elbow stiffness were most often matched with:

    • 4% Rheumatoid Arthritis
    • 4% Septic Arthritis
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

Elbow Stiffness Checker

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