Septic Arthritis is most commonly attributed to bacteria or other disease-causing microorganisms reaching the joint. Septic Arthritis can be acute or chronic, depending on the bacteria or fungal-causing agent. Septic Arthritis is essentially an infection of the joint, but the bacteria or fungi can affect other areas of the body as well. Once the bacteria reach the joint, it begins to attack the cartilage and tissue. Microorganisms that can cause Septic Arthritis include staphylococcus, streptococcus, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and Candida albicans. It is possible for conditions, such as respiratory tract infections and urinary tract infections to cause Septic Arthritis. Additionally, recent joint injuries can cause the disease.
When should you come to CCJRO for treatment?
If you think there is a possibility of infection in your joint, come see us right away. This type of arthritis can be slowed and/or cured (if not chronic) and is best treated within a week of its development. As Septic Arthritis progresses, the pain will grow in intensity, and the bacteria, depending on how it reached the joint initially, may possibly spread to other joints. This condition needs to be treated right away.