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Definition Joint swelling is the buildup of fluid in the soft tissue surrounding the joint. Alternative Names Swelling of a joint Considerations Joint swelling may occur along with joint pain . The swelling may cause the joint to appear larger or abnormally shaped. Joint swelling can cause pain or stiffness. After an injury, swelling of the joint may mean you have a broken bone or a tear in the muscle tendon or ligament. Many different types of arthritis may cause swelling, redness, or warmth around the joint. An infection in the joint can cause swelling, pain, and fever. Common Causes Joint swelling may be caused many different things, including: Ankylosing spondylitis Gout Osteoarthritis Pseudogout Psoriatic arthritis Reactive arthritis Rheumatoid arthritis Septic arthritis Systemic lupus erythematosus
Patients with various knee problems may benefit by having an arthroscopic examination of the knee. In an arthroscopic exam, the doctor inserts a slender instrument with a tiny TV camera on the end into the joint. This allows the doctor to look inside the joint and assess the problem. The operation doesn't require any large cuts or incisions. Two or three small puncture holes are all that are needed. Even so, patients tend to have quite a bit of discomfort afterward. The knee may swell and feel hot from inflammation. This can cause limited knee motion. A new dressing called a pain wrap is being used to control pain after an arthroscopic exam. The pain wrap is placed around the knee and removed only to do exercises. The dressing is changed every other day. All dressings are removed after a week. In this study, the pain wrap decreased patients' pain. However, it didn't change how much pain medication patients took. The joint had less swelling and the skin temperature was cooler with the pai...
Try washing your hair, brushing your teeth or getting dressed without the use of one shoulder, it's darn near impossible to do anything without your shoulders. We use our shoulders all day long, 365 days per year. And over the years, the shoulders may not be feeling as comfortable or limber as they once did back in your younger days. Or maybe you are in your younger years but have been hard on your shoulders. Whether you are young or old, stiff painful shoulders make life's daily activities much more difficult to get done.
The most common reason to have a painful shoulder is tendonitis. The shoulder is a complex joint with a network of tendons called the rotator cuff . As all of the muscles in the shoulder work to pull, push, lift and reach, the tendons - which attach the shoulder muscles to the bones - can get very inflamed and painful. Sometimes the rotator cuff actually gets pinched between two bones, the acromion and the humerus. This condition is called shoulder impin...
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