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This symptom can also be referred to as:
Difficulty bending wrist

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2 Potential Wrist Stiffness Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  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.

    RA is a chronic disease which requires lifelong control.

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

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  2. 2.Septic Arthritis

    Septic arthritis is an intensely painful joint infection.

    12-14 days with treatment

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fever, spontaneous shoulder pain, chills, knee pain, joint pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Wrist Stiffness

  • Q.Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes?
  • Q.About your [shoulder], do you notice any of the following?
  • Q.About your [forearm], do you notice:
  • Q.Where exactly is your hand pain?

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Wrist Stiffness Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced wrist stiffness have also experienced:

    • 12% Wrist Pain
    • 6% Finger Joint Stiffness
    • 4% Severe Wrist Pain
  • People who have experienced wrist stiffness had symptoms persist for:

    • 36% Over a Month
    • 28% Less Than a Week
    • 20% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced wrist stiffness were most often matched with:

    • 15% Septic Arthritis
    • 9% Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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