Stiffness And Grinding

August 17th, 2018 by LOC Team

What is joint stiffness and why does it occur?

Unfortunately, joint stiffness is a part of ageing. As we age, our joints become stiff because of the years of use. Many people experience joint grinding and stiffness after periods of rest. This is because there is less fluid in your joints after periods of rest and so the bones, muscles and joints are not protected by anything.

To start with, joint stiffness may only affect you for brief periods of time. This may be in the morning or after sitting for some time. However, with time, the stiffness and grinding may become more present in your life and may affect your mobility. In some joint stiffness and grinding cases, inflammation and pain can accompany the stiffness. This can make standing, walking or putting weight on the affected joints uncomfortable.

Now, not all joint stiffness is the result of age. Some joint grinding or stiffness can be caused by conditions that have nothing to do with age. These conditions include bursitis, lupus and arthritis. Other factors may also be at play. Your diet, weight and lifestyle may also impact your joints and cause stiffness.

The causes of stiffness and grinding in joints?

There are many causes of joint stiffness and grinding. We simply cannot go into detail about all of these conditions, but we can include some of the more common causes of joint stiffness which are the following:

Osteoarthritis – this is a wear and tear condition. It affects the cartilage lining of the bones of your joint. When this lining is worn away and there is bone on bone contact, it can cause stiffness and grinding in the joint.
Gout – gout comes on suddenly, unlike most of the conditions in this article. It may appear while you are asleep and cause very stiff joints when you wake up. Gout is a type of arthritis that affects any joint. However, the big toe is typically the first to be affected.
Lupus – Lupus is a condition where the body attacks itself. It is a chronic condition that will likely be with you for the rest of your life.
Bursitis – this condition affects the bursa. This is a fluid-filled sac in your joints. When the bursa becomes inflamed, it can cause pain and stiffness in the joint.
Rheumatoid arthritis – this is an inflammatory disorder in which the immune system attacks healthy parts of the body. To start with, it will cause joint pain and stiffness. However, over time, this form of arthritis can cause bone erosion and joint deformity.

If you think that you're experiencing one of the joint conditions above, see your doctor. You may find out more about the symptoms of each condition on here. Now, although many of these joint conditions will be with you for life, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t any treatments for them. There are plenty of treatments for all the conditions above. They may not get rid of the condition, but they can provide long-term relief from the stiffness and pain.

To find out more about these joint conditions, please explore our blog. For our help diagnosing and treating your joint stiffness, please get in touch.