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, Mycobacterum 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.
Common Symptoms and Signs of Septic Arthritis
- Severe joint pain that worsens with movement
- Swelling of the joint
- Loss of full range of motion
- Inability to move the joint
- Joint feels warm to the touch
- Rapidly developing symptoms
When should you come to CSMO 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, 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.