Post-traumatic synovitis

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Post-traumatic synovitis

Response of synovial membrane to trauma from a direct blow or forced movement  inflammatory reaction of synovial membrane.

Onset of symptoms is usually 12-24 hours after trauma  commonly get a ‘tight’ sensation from effusion. Not often associated with large amounts of warmth, erythema or tenderness.

A reactive synovitis may result in symptoms being present for several months – even following minor trauma.

Treatment:
Initial – ice, compression, NSAID’s, aspiration if effusion large, range of motion exercises when tolerated
After first week – heat, exercises, electrotherapeutic modalities, repeated aspirations if effusions continue.

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