This section is from the book "The Home Hand-Book of Domestic Hygiene and Rational Medicine. Volume 2.", by J. H. Kellogg, M.D.. Also available from Amazon: The Home Hand-Book of Domestic Hygiene and Rational Medicine, Volume 2.
Cases of hysteria are occasionally met with in which the principal symptoms arc found in the joints, the hip being most likely to be affected. The patient complains of great pain, tenderness and stiffness of the joints, yet there is no swelling or any other indications of inflammation.
The treatment of this affection consists in the removal of the cause of the nervous disorder of which it is a symptom. Improvement of the general health, and especially the removal of any existing local disease, particularly disorders of the womb in women, is of first importance. Alternate hot and cold applications, and the employment of galvanism, are the best local measures to employ.