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What causes limited range of motion? 20 possible conditions

Joint range of motion refers to both the distance a joint can move and the direction in which it can move. There are established ranges that doctors consider normal for various joints in the body. Read more

See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.

1

Dislocations

Since a dislocation means your bone is no longer where it should be, you should treat it as an emergency and seek medical attention as soon as possible.

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2

Fracture

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

A fracture is a broken bone. Learn about the risk factors, symptoms, and treatments for different types of fracture.

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3

Joint Swelling

Joints are the structures that connect two or more bones in your body. They're found in your feet, ankles, knees, hips, arms, and many other parts of your body. Joints are surrounded and cushioned by soft tissues...

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4

What Is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis (OA) occurs when cartilage that cushions bones at the joints wears away. Learn about symptoms and treatment options for OA.

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5

Rheumatoid Arthritis Overview

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease. It causes joint problems. In autoimmune diseases, the immune system mistakes the body's own cells for invaders.

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6

Stroke Overview

A stroke is a medical emergency that requires immediate medical care. Learn about the signs of a stroke and what to do.

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7

Stopped Breathing

Apnea is the medical term used to describe slowed or stopped breathing. Apnea can affect people of all ages, and the cause depends on the type of apnea you have.

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8

Rotator Cuff Injury

The rotator cuff is a common spot for injuries. The most common are tears, strains, tendinitis, and bursitis.

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9

Rotator Cuff Tendinitis

Rotator cuff tendinitis affects the tendons and muscles that help move the shoulder joint.

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10

Gout Overview

More than 8 million Americans experience gout, a condition that causes painful inflammation in the joints. Learn more about gout.

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11

Muscular Dystrophies

Muscular dystrophies are a group of inherited diseases that damage and weaken your muscles over time. This damage and weakness is due to the lack of a protein.

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12

Axillary Nerve Dysfunction

Axillary nerve dysfunction (AND) is a loss of movement or sensation in the shoulder area.

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13

Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow often occurs when a specific muscle in the forearm, the extensor carpi radialis brevis (ECRB) muscle, is damaged. The ECRB helps raise the wrist.

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14

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a bone disease due to calcium loss. As a result the bones lose strength and density. People are usually unaware that they have the condition until they experience a fracture.

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15

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is the most common type of arthritis in children. Learn about juvenile rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.

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16

Baker's (Popliteal) Cyst

A popliteal cyst, also known as a Baker's cyst, is a fluid-filled swelling that causes a lump at the back of the knee.

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17

Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis is a form of arthritis that primarily affects your spine. It causes severe inflammation of the vertebrae that might eventually lead to chronic pain and disability.

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18

Wry Neck (Torticollis)

Wry neck (torticollis) is a tilted and twisted neck that can be congenital or result from muscle injury, swollen lymph nodes, ear infection, or other causes.

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19

Legg-Calve-Perthes' Disease

Legg-Calve-Perthes disease is when the top of the femur, called the ball, doesn't receive enough blood.

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20

Broken Hip

A broken hip is a serious condition at any age, and it almost always requires surgery. Complications associated with a broken hip can be life-threatening. Learn more.

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This feature is for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose.
Please consult a healthcare professional if you have health concerns.
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