Knee Stiffness Overview
What is knee stiffness?
A person with knee stiffness has decreased range of motion of the knee, or feels resistance when moving the knee joint. Knee stiffness may be caused by injury, inflammation, or irritation of the knee joint. Knee stiffness is common in those who have arthritis.
What are the symptoms of knee stiffness?
Symptoms of knee stiffness include knee pain, knee swelling, knee tenderness, and bruising of the knee. More serious symptoms include fever, severe knee pain, and redness of the skin overlying the knee joint.
How does the doctor treat knee stiffness?
Treatment of knee stiffness depends on the underlying cause. Treatment may include rest, elevation, cold compresses, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Some may benefit from antibiotics, crutches, and an elastic wrap to the knee.
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