Muscle Stiffness
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What causes muscle stiffness? 15 possible conditions

Muscle stiffness is a condition in which muscles feel tight and contracted rather than the usual supple state of muscles at rest. It’s also called stiff muscles, rigidity, and in severe cases, spasticity. Muscle stiffness is a feeling of tension and... Read more

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

1

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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2

Sprains & Strains

Sprains and strains are injuries to the body, often resulting from physical activity. These injuries are common and can range from minor to severe, depending on the incident. Most don't require medical attention.

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3

Polio

Poliomyelitis, or polio, is a highly contagious disease that is caused by a virus that attacks the body's nervous system. It is most likely to be contracted by children under five years old.

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4

Infectious Mononucleosis

Infectious mononucleosis, or mono, refers to a group of symptoms usually caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV).

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5

Polymyalgia Rheumatica

Polymyalgia rheumatica is an inflammatory disorder that causes muscle pain and stiffness. Learn about its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.

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6

Huntington's Disease

Huntington's disease is a hereditary condition in which your brain's nerve cells gradually break down. It can cause physical and psychological symptoms.

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7

Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's disease (PD) is a progressive neurological disorder. It first presents with problems of movement. Smooth and coordinated muscle movements of the body are made possible by a substance in the brain calle...

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8

Epilepsy Overview

Epilepsy is a neurological condition caused by malfunctioning brain cells that result in seizures. There is no cure for this disorder but episodes can become less frequent.

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9

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

People who suffer from generalized anxiety disorder, or GAD, worry uncontrollably about common occurrences and situations. The condition may also be called chronic anxiety neurosis.GAD is different than normal feeling...

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10

Legionnaires' Disease

Legionnaires' disease is a severe type of pneumonia, or lung infection. Learn about its symptoms, causes, treatment, and prevention.

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11

Rhabdomyolysis

Rhabdomyolysis is a breakdown of muscle fibers that occurs due to muscle injury. Learn more about this condition.

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12

Krabbe Disease

Krabbe disease is a rare and usually deadly disorder of the nervous system. It is an inherited genetic disease, which means that it is passed down in families.

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13

Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis)

Valley fever is an infection caused by the Coccidioides fungus. Learn about valley fever symptoms, causes, treatment, prevention, and more.

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14

Encephalopathy

Encephalopathy is a general term describing a disease that affects the function or structure of your brain. There are many types of encephalopathy and brain disease. Some types are permanent and some are temporary. Som...

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Dermatomyositis

Dermatomyositis is a rare inflammatory disease. It's an inflammatory myopathy, which is a condition that occurs when your muscles become inflamed.

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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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