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I have chronic left knee swelling and pain (for 3 years!) after extensive testing diagnosis is synovitis. Any recommendations?

I have chronic left knee swelling and pain (for 3 years!) after extensive testing diagnosis is synovitis.  Any recommendations?

Injection or surgery: I'm assuming after 3 years you have tried pt and antiinflammatories. Draining the knee followed by a cortisone injection (assuming the fluid doesn't look infected) could help. If there is any suspicion for infection, hold off on the cortisone until the synovial fluid has been evaluated. Last resort is to see an ortho surgeon about a synovectomy. ...Read more

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Dr. James Dukelow
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Synovitis (Definition)

The synovial membrane is the lining of a joint and synovitis is inflammation of that lining. It can cause joint pain, swelling, and stiffness. When inflamed, the lining will create excessive joint fluid, causing swelling and increased joint pressure. The lining can also become thickened and cause apparent joint enlargement. Commonly associated with ...Read more


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What to do and not to do for knee synovitis?

What to do and not to do for knee synovitis?

Get diagnosis: The first step in treating knee problems is to determine the cause. The treatment of knee synovitis will vary depending upon the disease. If you have synovitis from rheumatoid arthritis the treatment is very different than if it is from pseudo gout. Please see a doc. Ask again if you can provide more details and/or need more info. Sorry I cannot be more help. ...Read more

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What can I do to relieve the pain of synovitis in the ankle and arthritis in the knee?

What can I do to relieve the pain of synovitis in the ankle and arthritis in the knee?

No enough info: What is the cause of the synovitis of the ankle? That answer will dictate the proper treatment. The same goes for the knee issue. See a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Pain in back of knee, doc said traumatic synovitis, how do I heal it?Got hit by ftbal on the back of the shin and knee acted as pivot.

Pain in back of knee, doc said traumatic synovitis, how do I heal it?Got hit by ftbal on the back of the shin and knee acted as pivot.

Torn cartilage: Ther synovitis is probably because of a torn cartilage or a torn ligament in the knee. Prolotherapy resolves these issue faster than any other method. Visit www.Getprolo.Com or www.Aaomed.Org to learn about this method and to find a doctor to help you. ...Read more

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Siderotic synovitis unknown origin, subtotal synovectomy 8/2013, rt knee, good rom but always stiff, often sore down stairs, no arthritis, normal??

Siderotic synovitis unknown origin, subtotal synovectomy 8/2013, rt knee, good rom but always stiff, often sore down stairs, no arthritis, normal??

This is due to bleed: Since not all of the synovium was removed there may be persistent synovitis. The question also is do you still have bleeding into the joint. Have you had a post operative MRI to see if synovitis persists? You of course also need persistent exercise to make certain the surrounding musculature is good and stays strong to support the knee. You need to discuss with your doctor. ...Read more