Infective arthritis

SEPTIC ARTHRITIS


Inflammation of a joint caused by a bacterial infection

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Infective arthritis is a type of arthritis caused by an infection in your joint. It usually affects your hips, knees, ankles or wrists. More than one joint can be affected at the same time. You can usually make a full recovery following treatment. Without treatment, septic arthritis may lead to irreversible damage to your joint.

Need to know

Symptoms may include:

  • intense swelling and pain
  • redness and heat in the affected joint
  • difficulty moving the affected joint
  • a high temperature (fever) or feeling cold accompanied by shivering (chills)

Your consultant will speak to you about your symptoms and medical history, and perform a physical examination of your affected joint. They may take a sample of joint fluid using a needle. This is to determine what bacteria are causing your infection. It will help your consultant to plan your treatment. It's also possible you'll have an X-ray, CT or MRI scan to assess the damage to the affected joint.

Treatment options include:

  • Over-the-counter painkillers and rest.
  • Intravenous antibiotics; you will normally be required to stay in hospital for two weeks to have the antibiotics given to you directly into a vein.
  • An arthroscopy, when fluid is drained from your infected joint using a needle and syringe.

Our Infective arthritis locations

The Harley Street Clinic

The Harley Street Clinic

35 Weymouth Street W1G 8BJ London
The Princess Grace Hospital

The Princess Grace Hospital

42-52 Nottingham Place W1U 5NY London
The Lister Hospital

The Lister Hospital

Chelsea Bridge Road, SW1W 8RH London
The Shard Outpatients

The Shard Outpatients

The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street SE1 9BS London
London Bridge Hospital

London Bridge Hospital

27 Tooley Street SE1 2PR London
The Wellington Hospital

The Wellington Hospital

8A Wellington Place NW8 9LE London

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.