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How Long Should Septic Arthritis Last
Arthritis is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more
I had septic arthritis three years ago and had a thr three months ago. Last weekend i was body slammed onto my replaced hip. I can now barely walk?
Get X-ray ASAP: See your surgeon asap and get an x-ray to rule out a fracture or dislocation of replaced joint. Get on crutches until then. Ice to hip. Modify your activities so the replaced hip will last as long as possible. Given your young age you might need revision surgery in 15-20 years if you continue high impact activity and 25-30 years if you are careful and stick to low impact aerobic exercise. ...Read more
Osteomyelitis n septic arthritis surgery today. What chances of full recovery? Recovery time? How long does it take to clear the infection? Thank you
Depends: Infection in the joint and bone needs to be removed surgically. Typically one surgery is enough to remove all infected areas and a course of antibiotics for at least 10-14 days after. In many patients this operation needs to be repeated and can take months to heal. Your surgeon will best give you the expected time of healing and recovery. Good luck! ...Read more
Septic arthritis of knee, staph, cleaned out +5wk flucloxicillin IV finished 2wk ago. Knee ok+no fever,still v tired.How long til I recover (fit33yo)?
Everyone's different: It's always hard to say as everyone's body responds/recovers at different rates. If you were very sick when you were first diagnosed and had to go to the ICU, it can sometime take months till those types of patients feel back to normal or close to it. ...Read more
Labs/joint aspirate: Septic arthritis is a serious problem since bacteria destroy joint cartilage. If concerned you should seek medical attention (primary care or orthopaedic surgeon). Blood work can be suggestive of a diagnosis. A joint aspirate analyzed by the lab is usually diagnostic. ...Read more
Septic joints: A septic joint is almost always very swollen, very painful , red and hot. The exception would be a patient who is immuno-compromised as they could have an infection without such severe symptoms ...Read more
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