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Etymology: OE, stif
characterized by rigidity or muscular inflexibility.


[AS. stif]
Rigid, firm, inflexible.

Patient discussion about stiff

Q. can acupuncture help neck stiffness? I have neck pain- especially stiffness every week- once or twice. Try a lot of things but always comes back. Can acupuncture help? tell me please because if not- I dont want to put needles for nothing...

A. Acupuncture can fix most cases of neck pain, usually in 3-5 treatments. Most neck pain is due to muscular tightness, and acupuncture is very effective at releasing contracted muscles.

here's an article on Acupuncture for Back Pain:

The treatment of neck pain is very similar. There are very few cases of side effects with acupuncture. However, if you experience consistent pain that get progressively worse, you should visit your MD for x-rays and an MRI to rule out any structural problems (bone spurs, disc degeneration, tumors, etc).

Q. I received a corticosteroid injection in my left knne th A.M. Knee is all stiff & swollen. Is this normal?

A. actually you might have already had an arthritis in your knee before, then your doctor injected you with a corticosteroid into the affected joint. usually you will feel better (less pain) in your affected joint. if the symptoms don't improve then I suggest you to go see your specialist for further advise and treatment.

Q. i cant stop getting a hard on erection stiffy embarrassing crease in trousers

A. Have you heard of priapism,a condition in which the penis is continually erect; usually painful and seldom with sexual arousal. If you suffer from this you should go see a doctor about it.

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DOUBLE Olympic champion Mo Farah warned he's the man to beat after he aced his stiffest test of the year in style at the Sainsbury's Grand Prix in Birmingham.
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The win maintained United's 100 per cent record, although the stiffest test is still to come, against a Barcelona side that defeated them so conclusively in last season's Champions League final and have already landed more silverware, beating hosts Bayern Munich overnight to lift the annual Audi Cup.
THE father of a British teacher strangled and raped in Japan has appealed for her killer to be given the stiffest sentence possible.
And our customers are rewarding us with their loyalty in the midst of some of the stiffest competition we have seen in decades.
The 12-year-old may not be as sprightly as most of his rivals but guts and stamina are more important in heavy ground at one of the stiffest tracks in the country and he has them in abundance.
Co-defendant Michael Dorsey, who had been disbarred by the state of Louisiana in 1991 for stealing client funds, drew the stiffest penalty: 13 months in prison.
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Apart from its value as a precious gem, a diamond has the highest thermal conductivity and is the hardest and one of the stiffest known natural materials.
To her surprise, Erica found that among firs, the driest branches are stiffest at subzero temperatures, but among pines, the moistest branches are stiffest.