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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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Walking stiffly, he was even seen practising fresh air shots as if his mind was still on the Grand Slam game.
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Hints of narrative abruptly dead-ended; figures swathed in dark body stockings pulled two women through a combination by their hair, but that suggestion of menace on an otherwise peaceful landscape evaporated as a string of these figures later emerged in candy-colored body stockings, hips and elbows akimbo as they danced in stiffly funky unison.
That man, every inch a soldier, drew his stumps together, stood upright as well as he was able - saluted and held himself stiffly to attention.
It rides well enough at speed although at town pace it feels more stiffly sprung than I would have expected it to.
So I wasn't there when one by one they rose, walked stiffly up the aisle in the Federal Building auditorium.
He was helped to the rostrum in such a way that he appeared to be walking, if slowly and stiffly, and took the oath before a throng of 400,000 people.
A goats cheese souffle or savoury souffle is made from a basic bechamel sauce bound with egg yolk to which stiffly whisked egg whites are added.
A Try whisking together 150ml beer, 125g plain flour and half a teaspoon of salt then fold in a stiffly whipped egg white.