If you’ve reached a “certain age,” so to speak, you’re likely to experience stiffness in the back, knees, or feet when you get up in the morning.
This most often happens because the cartilage that cushions the spaces between your bones dries out and stiffens. The joint lining also produces less of the kind of fluid that lubricates your joints. Plus, muscles grow weaker and tendons become less elastic, which causes them to tighten up while you sleep.
Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are both frequent causes of morning stiffness.
Typically, when you have osteoarthritis, morning stiffness goes away as you move and warm up the joints and muscles. However, if your stiffness is caused by rheumatoid arthritis, loosening up could take an hour or more.
Certain medications can help manage arthritis pain and inflammation, but stiffness may still occur. One of the best ways to reduce the severity and frequency of morning joint stiffness is simply by being more active. Regular exercise increases muscle strength and flexibility.
You may be tempted by advertising to buy joint health supplements, such as glucosamine or chondroitin. The latest research indicates these don’t really help much, if at all, in the long term management of morning joint stiffness.
The purpose of this video has been to provide quick, basic answers to the question, “Why are my joints stiff in the morning?”
For additional information, see “Links To Related Resources” in the description section.
But remember, you should rely only on a doctor to diagnose any symptoms you may be experiencing.
Links To Related Resources:
What Home Remedies Help Reduce Arthritis Pain?
Joint Pain Causes
Arthritis Symptoms Checklist
Can Aching Joints Be A Sign Of Cancer?