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Septic arthritis

  • Alternative Names

    Bacterial arthritis; Non-gonococcal bacterial arthritis


    Treatment

    Antibiotics are used to treat the infection.

    Resting, keeping the joint still, raising the joint, and using cool compresses may help relieve pain. Exercising the affected joint helps the recovery process.

    If joint (synovial) fluid builds up quickly due to the infection, a needle may be inserted into the joint often to aspirate the fluid. Severe cases may need surgery to drain the infected joint fluid.


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    Expectations (prognosis)

    Recovery is good with prompt antibiotic treatment. If treatment is delayed, permanent joint damage may result.


    Complications
    • Joint degeneration (arthritis)

    Calling your health care provider

    Call for an appointment with your health care provider if you develop symptoms of septic arthritis.