What is synovitis?
Synovitis occurs in the synovium, or protective membrane, that surrounds joints, including the knees. The synovium produces a layer of lubricating fluid that enables these joints to move smoothly. When the membrane gets inflamed or irritated, it thickens and produces excess synovial fluid. The result is knee stiffness and pain.
What causes knee synovitis?
Synovitis of the knee is usually caused by overuse of the joint through repeated lifting and squatting. It can also be related to inflammatory arthritis (not osteoarthritis), in which an abnormal immune response attacks cartilage and produces excess synovial tissue.
How can I tell if I have synovitis?
Joint pain and stiffness are primary symptoms, often without visible swelling. Imaging tests, such as an MRI or ultrasound, can help a doctor distinguish synovitis from tendon inflammation (tendinitis).
How is knee synovitis treated?
A combination of rest, medications, and, in some cases, steroid injections may ease symptoms. For synovitis that resists conservative treatment, our orthopedic surgeons can perform a synovectomy – removal of all or part of the knee synovium.
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