- 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
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.
- Top Symptoms:
- fatigue, depressed mood, muscle aches, joint pain, daytime sleepiness
- Primary care doctor
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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.
- Top Symptoms:
- fever, chills, joint pain, knee pain, pain in one knee
- 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?
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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”).