Morning stiffness is a symptom commonly associated with rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis but it can also be seen in osteoarthritis.  It is characterized by difficulty or discomfort in moving joints after a prolonged period of inactivity, such as sleep. Morning stiffness typically lasts for longer than 30 minutes and can be accompanied by pain, swelling, or a feeling of tightness in the joints and muscles. Lack of physical activity or a sedentary lifestyle can result in stiffness, as joints and muscles may become less flexible. Poor sleep posture or sleeping in awkward positions can lead to stiffness upon waking.

Additionally, age-related changes in joint tissues and reduced production of lubricating fluids can contribute to morning stiffness, especially in older individuals. Morning stiffness is most often felt in the hands, feet, neck, back, or hips. Management strategies can include physical activity, heat therapy, and medication as directed by a healthcare provider.

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If you are experiencing morning stiffness, it is important to consult with your physician for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

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