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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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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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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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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

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Pigmented villonodular synovitis in knee size of a finger. Surgeon said to cut 20cm and then remove, as keyhole will be too small. Any other methods?

Pigmented villonodular synovitis in knee size of a finger. Surgeon said to cut 20cm and then remove, as keyhole will be too small. Any other methods?

PVNS: Pvns is described as "focal" or "diffuse." if focal or diffuse an arthroscopic approach to the knee is probably the best approach. Pvns can involve other joints as well including the shoulder and hip. A skilled surgeon should be able to remove pvns from "behind" the knee through designated posteromedial and posterolateral portals. Unfortunately, there is a significant recurrence rate. ...Read more

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I have a grade 3 ankle sprain and synovitis from the sprain. Surgery is required but being disputed. Also have arthritis in knee. Need pain relief!

I have a grade 3 ankle sprain and synovitis from the sprain. Surgery is required but being disputed. Also have arthritis in knee. Need pain relief!

Grade 3=surgery: Appeal it rapidly, if not done early it becomes a need 4 reconstruction later, especially at ur age. An unstable ankle will lead 2 early arthritis. ...Read more

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MRI report of knee says...the popliteal fossa cyst which probably represents proliferative synovitis. Does this mean I have RA?

MRI report of knee says...the popliteal fossa cyst which probably represents proliferative synovitis. Does this mean I have RA?

Not necessarily: An MRI doesn't give an RA diagnosis anyway. Findings could b consistent with those found in RA but the diagnosis is not made thru an MRI ...Read more

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Treatment for radial & longitudinal tears of the posterior horn medial meniscus, severe knee osteoarthrits moderate joint effusion, diffuse synovitis?

Treatment for radial & longitudinal tears of the posterior horn medial meniscus, severe knee osteoarthrits moderate joint effusion, diffuse synovitis?

Numerous : The most definitive option is a knee replacement. Knee arthroscopy is not likely to be helpful at this point. Various injections such as cortisone, hyaluronic acid/joint fluid or platelet-rich plasma are reasonable options. Meds, braces and PT are considerations. If I can help, then join my care team and virtual practice at www.healthtap.com/dr-clarkeholmes ...Read more

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What to do if I had an MRI of my knees showing reactive edema and bone signal is homogeneous what is that?

What to do if I had an MRI of my knees showing reactive edema and bone signal is homogeneous what is that?

It depends: Reactive edema basically translates to inflammation. Inflammation can be caused by multiple things including but not limited to acute trauma, repetitive micro trauma, arthritis, and/or even an autoimmune disorder such as rheumatoid arthritis. I would recommend discussing the findings with your orthopaedic surgeon as clinical correlation is necessary. ...Read more

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What is the treatment of reactive arthritis? I took an antibiotic course and now having pain in knee and heel.

What is the treatment of reactive arthritis? I took an antibiotic  course and now having pain in knee and heel.

NSAIDs or steroids: Reactive arthritis is a type of arthritis that occurs after an infection, most commonly a gastrointestinal or genitourinary infection. The arthritis is not caused by bacteria in your joints, but rather by an abnormal immune response. That is the reason why symptoms can persist, even after the infection is eradicated. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, NSAIDs or steroids could be used. ...Read more

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I got severe knee inflammation with high white blood cells(1100 cells/MM-3) in the fluid after getting salmonella, would that be reactive arthritis?

I got severe knee inflammation with high white blood cells(1100 cells/MM-3) in the fluid after getting salmonella, would that be reactive arthritis?

Could be: Salmonella, shigella and several other organisms have been associated with reactive arthritis. But make sure with that high a white count that the joint fluid is adequately cultured to rule out infection. ...Read more

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My mother was diagnosed with reactive synovitis of ankle and under steroid therapy. physiotherapy will play any role in treating this condition thanx!

My mother was diagnosed with reactive synovitis of ankle and under steroid therapy. physiotherapy will play any role in treating this condition thanx!

Synovitis limited 2-: -a single joint as describe should be treated by local joint injections. My theory was no oral steroids. This exposes the entire body to the side effects of steroids, including avascular necrosis of the hip &/or shoulders, as well as osteoporosis. This is common in long term use as well as high dose bursts, but burst treatment is much safer. ...Read more

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22 yo; chr. Lyme; reactive synovitis; + hla-b27; no nsaids/steroids! opioids no help. Echo = dense tissue inhibited compression fem. Vein; flow norm.

22 yo; chr. Lyme; reactive synovitis; + hla-b27; no nsaids/steroids!  opioids no help. Echo = dense tissue inhibited compression fem. Vein; flow norm.

Wait: What did you say? Lyme reactive synovitis occur in untreated long term lyme. It could respond to anti inflammatories and even disease modifying agents. B 27 refers to inheritance or ankylosing spondylitis or psoriatic arthritis. Not related to lyme. The other stuff makes no sense, could you elaborate? ...Read more

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Joint pain in knees,left ankle & left elbow. I'm 32 & my c-reactive was 1.4, RA factor <10, uric acid 4.7, sed rate 6, pos ANA 1:40 homogeneous. Clue?

Joint pain in knees,left ankle & left elbow. I'm 32 & my c-reactive was 1.4, RA factor <10, uric acid 4.7, sed rate 6, pos ANA 1:40 homogeneous. Clue?

Pain : It may be minor inflammation of the jts. Which does not produce positive blood tests. I would try an anti-inflammatory, Aleeve 400mg daily with food for 10 days. If this does not help I would see your physician again ...Read more

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Have itchy rashes on arms, back, knees and stomach for 7days and no fever. My platele is 180, and I am HBsAG reactive. Is it just a viral infection?

Have itchy rashes on arms, back, knees and stomach for 7days and no fever. My platele is 180, and I am HBsAG reactive. Is it just a viral infection?

Probable: But only time will tell. If they go away in about 2 weeks, then i'd not lose sleep over it. If not, then you may need to see your doctor or dermatologist. A drug reaction can cause a rash as well. ...Read more

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Do they now have wriste replacement s like they do for knees?

Don't think so: The wrist is a much more complex joint than the knees, but replacements can be performed at specialized centers. ...Read more

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Which structure(s) within the knee are most likely to be damaged?

Which structure(s) within the knee are most likely to be damaged?

Meniscus.: Meniscus (cartilage) tears, are the most common structural problem within the knee. Acl tears are also very common. ...Read more

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My knee s are in early stage of crepitus, how can I take care of them?

My knee s are in early stage of crepitus, how can I take care of them?

Early stage of drep-: -itis is not a diagnosis, it is a symptom. The underlying disease is the problem. Crepitation can B due 2 many reasons such as chondromalacia, DJD, RA & also prior injury. Also is it patellar only or the whole joint? Need more info. ...Read more