Joint inflammation caused by sport injury

Joint and muscle pain including swelling

Sport can take its toll on your joints and cause inflammation— our consultants can diagnose and give rapid pain relief

About joint inflammation

Many sports put sustained pressure on joints, leading to overuse injuries and pain. Sometimes injuries in sport lead to traumatic damage to joints, causing joint swelling and synovitis.

Need to know

  • Symptoms of joint inflammation icon plus

    The main symptoms of inflamed joints are pain and swelling. Symptoms can also come from inflamed structures around the joints such as the muscle, soft tissue (bursa) and tendons. Tennis elbow and golfer's elbow are common examples. A damaged joint may have episodes of 'flaring up' — when the joint swells because of excessive fluid being produced by the lining of the joint (known as synovitis). This condition commonly affects the knees, but can also develop in the joints, hips, wrists, shoulders and ankles.
  • Diagnosis icon plus

    Your consultant will discuss your symptoms with you and they may order an MRI or ultrasound scan to examine your joint and the surrounding soft tissue. The scan will help your consultant confirm the diagnosis and choose the best treatment options for you.
  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    If your joint has been injured through trauma or is very inflamed, in the first instance, your consultant may recommend you rest the joint, pack it with ice and elevate it to reduce swelling. Once you have been assessed by your consultant, you may be sent for diagnostic imaging e.g. an MRI scan. If your joint remains persistently inflamed and swollen, they may suggest an ultrasound-guided steroid injection to aid rehabilitation. Here, anti-inflammatory corticosteroid and local anaesthetic is injected carefully into the joint, guided by ultrasound.

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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.
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