What can I do to treat my synovitis of the knee?
Since synovitis is essentially swelling around the knee joint, you can care for this condition from home. Some synovitis cases are more serious than others. If you care for synovitis early, you may be able to prevent chronic knee pain. Treatments for minor knee synovitis pain relief include:
- Elevating the knee.
- Resting the knee.
- Icing the knee so swelling goes down.
- Taking anti-inflammatory medicine like aspirin or ibuprofen.
- Using crutches or a cane so no pressure is put on the hurt knee.
For synovitis that is more severe, patients should see an orthopedic specialist. An orthopedic doctor can diagnosis knee synovitis and recommend a treatment that will reduce swelling. If you continue to experience joint bleeds, swelling and burning knee pain, consult a qualified orthopedic specialist.
What if I need further knee synovitis treatments?
Luckily, surgery is rare for patients suffering from knee synovitis. Surgery is possible to treat synovitis symptoms, but orthopedic doctors will most likely suggest another form of treatment. Treatment for synovitis and chronic knee pain ranges from medications to different types of physical therapy. Specific treatments for knee synovitis pain relief are:
- NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) to reduce swelling
- Corticosteroid injections for quick knee pain relief
- Physical therapy treatments, especially aquatic therapy
- Knee arthroscopy to better treat severe pain symptoms
Inflammation from knee synovitis is what causes chronic knee pain. The goal for each of these treatments is to reduce the amount of swelling, stiffness and pain felt around the knee. For example, aquatic therapy works for many synovitis patients. Patients can stretch the joint with daily knee synovitis exercises. Aquatic therapy and other knee synovitis exercises work without using excessive pressure or force.
How do I recover after knee synovitis?
Like arthritis of the knee, synovitis can be controlled with special orthopedic care. Patients can manage knee pain symptoms when they suffer from an occasional flare up. Once the swelling disappears, the chronic knee pain will fade away as well. The right treatment will allow the knee to heal since joint bleeds can easily repair themselves. Patients can continue with any anti-inflammatory prescriptions, if necessary. Incorporating regular exercise into your schedule will benefit patients during synovitis recovery and after.