- Thomas Edison
Stiff joints usually accompany some form of rheumatic disease. Although some of these disorders are temporary and either resolve themselves or disappear with treatment, most are chronic. As the underlying medical problem flares up or enters a period of remission, joint stiffness may come and go, along with other symptoms, or it may persist on a more continuous basis. Although no cure exists for most forms of rheumatic disease, proper treatment can often control joint stiffness and pain.