Rheumatology arthritis is associated with infections, inflammations, and joint injuries. This is the swelling that occurs when there is an excess of fluid that is accumulated within the joints. The excess fluid can be removed by employing a medical procedure popularly known by the name – joint aspiration or arthrocentesis.
Joint aspiration is a quick and safe procedure that requires local anesthesia to be applied, to feel minimal pain and discomfort. We have penned down reasons why doctors would recommend arthrocentesis.
There Is Excess Fluid In Your Joints
The joint capsule comprises soft tissues that are extremely flexible by nature. These tissues envelopes the area where two bones meet. The joint capsule contains around 1-2 drops of joint fluid or synovial fluid. A joint that is affected by rheumatology diseases like arthritis contains a greater amount of this fluid. The joint capsule may contain blood as a result of an injury, or even an infection in the form of septic arthritis.
If Your Joint Is Stiff And Painful
There are swellings and joint problems that can cause the situation to worsen. You may find that it is difficult to bend or completely straighten the swollen joint, and the pain is only worsening as days go by. In that case, some of the synovial fluid can be removed to provide relief at the site of pain and relieve pressure at the joint.
You May Have Gotten An Infection
If your doctor has advised you to get a corticosteroid injection or any other therapeutic liquid that needs to be injected to reduce pain, then the first course of action would be to remove any of the excess joint fluid. Doing so will make room and help to ensure that the injected medication is colossally full-bodied in the joint.
For You To Get A More Accurate Diagnosis
To better understand your situation, doctors may require the joint fluid to be tested to confirm or to rule out a diagnosis. Say if there are microscopic crystals in the fluid, then it could indicate gout.
A doctor may not even need testing and may be able to learn by just looking at the aspirated fluid. If there is pink or reddish coloration, then it could mean blood. If there is an injury and if it is opaque it could point to septic arthritis.
If any of the above checks out, then it is advised that you head over to the hospital and get yourself looked into.