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I have a complete rupture of the AFTL in my left ankle. Small ankle joint effusion also present. See ortho on Mon. Just want to know what to expect?

I have a complete rupture of the AFTL in my left ankle. Small ankle joint effusion also present. See ortho on Mon. Just want to know what to expect?

Options: For complete tears I usually recommend surgical intervention in active patients. You can try to rehab it, but there will be residual instability for which you will still have chronic pain over the outside of the ankle. ...Read more

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I had an accident of right ankle b4 six month's n use pain killrs but I did MRI now which resulted that mild joint effusion is noted in the ankle join?

I had an accident of right ankle b4 six month's n use pain killrs but I did MRI now which resulted that mild joint effusion is noted in the ankle join?

Fluid in joint: Mild effusion simply refers to mild fluid in the joint. If your MRI is otherwise normal, than the main treatment at this point would be time and continued home exercises/physical therapy. It may help you to know that in many cases, swelling is the last thing to go, but does not necessarily mean anything bad as long as you are progressing with range of motion and strengthening. ...Read more

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What treatment is available for an ankle joint effusion? Very painful, hard to exercise or walk. Thanks!

Effusion: You need to address what is causing the joint effusion first. Rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medication can help. See your local doctor if it is not calming down. ...Read more

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Mri done on ankle; anterior talofibular is torn, ankle joint effusion, flexor hallucis longus tenosynovitis. Meaning? Doc handed me off. Help. No ins.

Mri done on ankle; anterior talofibular is torn, ankle joint effusion, flexor hallucis longus tenosynovitis. Meaning? Doc handed me off. Help. No ins.

Immobilize >therapy: You can order a cast boot online for very little money. $35-$65. These are all removable casts. You need it tall like a real short leg cast. Keep your weight off it. Get crutches or a walker at drug store or good will. You need to immobilize it to allow the atfl ligament to heal. This will take 6 to 8 weeks to knit itself together. After it heals you really need to get therapy to rehab the ankle. ...Read more

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I've just been told I have acute synovitis and joint effusion in my left foot due to ultrasound what does it mean? What do I do about it?

I've just been told I have acute synovitis and joint effusion in my left foot due to ultrasound what does it mean? What do I do about it?

NSAIDS, rest: Synovitis is inflammation of the fluid that lubricates your joints. Often caused by injury, overuse, and occasionally by virus infections. Treatment is rest and anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, naproxen, etc.). Will usually resolve in a few weeks. See your doctor for fever, spreading redness, or significant change in symptoms. ...Read more

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I have a 3 mm talar dome osteochondral injury occuring 3 months ago. Would the small tibiotalar joint effusion be as a result?

I have a 3 mm talar dome osteochondral injury occuring 3 months ago. Would the small tibiotalar joint effusion be as a result?

Yes: This type of injury is usually a result of trauma, so joint swelling is common. I suggest you see a Podiatrist as you might need surgery to treat this problem. ...Read more

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My male friends X-ray report: very early oa change, fullness of suprapatellar space consisten with small joint effusion. What does this mean?

My male friends X-ray report: very early oa change, fullness of suprapatellar space consisten with small joint effusion. What does this mean?

Arthritis: Early oa change, suggests narrowing of the joint space, and signs of early arthritis. Effusion is the medical term for fluid. Not unusual to have some fluid anytime there is inflammation. But remember, inflammation can be from many different things. Arthritis, gout, infection (many more). Up to the doctor, to evaluate the knee and determine why there is fluid. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What dose small tibiitalar joint effusion mean?

Inflammation: It means there may be inflammation of that joint, especially if you have pain in that area. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for small superpatellar joint effusion? Do we need to have a mri?

What is the treatment for small superpatellar joint effusion? Do we need to have a mri?

Probably nothing: Small joint effusions can be caused by many, many things, most require no testing or intervention. If the joint hurts, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as advil (ibuprofen) can be helpful as can ice massage. Mostly rest and time. Imaging is not usually required for a non-traumatic, small effusion. ...Read more

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Small suprapatellar joint effusion mild right lateral joint space narrowing and spurring of the articular surfaces?

Small suprapatellar joint effusion mild right lateral joint space narrowing and spurring of the articular surfaces?

Osteoarthritis: It sounds like you are reading the x-ray report of someone with knee osteoarthritis. Joint space narrowing = cartilage loss. Spurring = bone spurs. Suprapatellar joint effusion = typical small amount of extra joint fluid seen in osteoarthritis. Sounds like a mild to moderate case. ...Read more

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I have joint effusion over fluid and a small tear on the collateral ligament on my knee. Is it going to heal itself? It hurts a lot when I bend it all

I have joint effusion over fluid and a small tear on the collateral ligament on my knee. Is it going to heal itself? It hurts a lot when I bend it all

With good treatment.: See your doctor, sports medicine physician, or physiatrist to get proper treatment for your condition. That will maximize your outcomes. Most small tears can heal without surgery. Avoid forcing the knee into extreme flexion. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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Do I need surgery for advanced tricompartmental degernative joint disease in left knee with small joint effusion and several large ossified loose bodi?

Do I need surgery for advanced tricompartmental degernative joint disease in left knee with small joint effusion and several large ossified loose bodi?

Likely you will.: That sounds like a severely degenerated knee, especially for someone of your young age. That youth will likely relegate you to surgical correction - knee replacement - at some point, usually when the knee starts to feel unstable of if the pain becomes so severe that you simply can no longer use the knee effectively. But why is the knee so bad? ...Read more

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I have elbow tendonitus, doctor refers to it as small to moderate sized joint effusion. What is it and how to rid of it?

I have elbow tendonitus, doctor refers to it as small to moderate sized joint effusion. What is it and how to rid of it?

Elbow: No reason not to try single injection of good steroid. Could try to aspirate to send for micro ...Read more

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Male friends xray very early oa change fullness of suprapatellar space consisten with small joint effusion? Plays soccer w:76kg h: 174cm mostly muscel

Somewhat vague: You do not mention an injury occurring, but knee injuries are frequently encountered in soccer. The early oa changes likely indicate that there is some evidence of cartilage loss on the xray. This is not uncommon. The joint effusion may indicate that there is some internal derangement in the knee (e.g., a ligamentous injury). If he had injury and has pain, consider sports med consult and mri. ...Read more

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I have pain in both feet, MRI ruled out plantar fasciitis but it says that I have a small tibiotalar joint effusion in both feet?

I have pain in both feet, MRI ruled out plantar fasciitis but it says that I have a small tibiotalar joint effusion in both feet?

See your doctor: You have pain in both feet. You are 52 and female. See your doctor to rule out diabetes for the pain. The mri is an extensive test for bilateral leg pain. Talk to your doctor if you have obesity, sugar, poor health, etc. The effusion itself is mostly showing inflammation. The root cause will be important. Take note of when you get pain and what helps. ...Read more

Effusion (Definition)

Increased joint fluid or ...Read more