What might happen if knee stiffness is left untreated?

Written by: Mr James Stoddard
Edited by: Conor Lynch

In one of our latest medical articles here below, Mr James Stoddard, a highly revered consultant knee specialist, talks to us in detail about knee stiffness, including the main causes, treatment, and effective home remedies.

What are the main causes of knee stiffness?

Knee injuries and arthritis are among the most common causes of knee stiffness. Other possible causes of knee stiffness include injury to the menisci or ligaments, and arthrofibrosis (stiff knee syndrome). 


What are some effective home remedies that can help with knee stiffness?

Here are some home remedies that may help alleviate knee stiffness:


  • physiotherapy
  • wearing supportive shoes and maintaining good posture
  • weight loss and diet adjustments
  • medications
  • massages
  • heat and cold therapy


How is knee stiffness treated medically?

Medical treatments for knee stiffness depend on the underlying cause. Some common treatments include:


  • Prescription pain medications
  • Corticosteroids
  • Rheumatoid arthritis medications
  • Surgery
  • Physiotherapy


What might happen if knee stiffness is left untreated?

If left untreated, knee stiffness can lead to the development of arthritis. It’s important to consult with a doctor if you’re experiencing knee stiffness to determine the underlying cause and the best course of treatment for your specific situation.


When might surgery be required for knee stiffness?

Surgery is generally needed for knee stiffness if other treatments have not been effective for the patient.


What surgery is performed to treat knee stiffness?

The type of surgery performed for knee stiffness depends on the underlying cause of the stiffness. Some surgical techniques for treating post-traumatic knee stiffness include anterior arthroscopic arthrolysis and soft tissue release. Other surgical procedures that may be used to treat knee pain or knee stiffness include arthroscopy and partial knee replacement surgery.


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By Mr James Stoddard
Orthopaedic surgery

Mr James Stoddard is an incredibly well-regarded consultant knee specialist with almost 20 years of experience treating conditions such as knee pain, knee arthritis, knee stiffness, partial knee replacement surgery, total knee replacement surgery, ACL reconstruction, and meniscal repair

Mr Stoddard, who successfully completed an MBBS at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne Medical School in 2002, also specialises in knee arthroscopyknee osteoarthritis. soft tissue reconstruction, arthroscopic surgery, and joint replacement surgery. He completed his basic surgical training in the North East of England before going on to obtain an MD under the supervision of internationally recognised Professor of Biomechanical Engineering, Andrew Amis at Imperial College, London.

Notably, Mr Stoddard achieved the status of Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2012 and was subsequently awarded his completion of training in 2013. He has published extensively to date within various peer-reviewed journals and publications and regularly presents his work at national and international conferences.

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