Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Arthritis Septic Treatment

Treatment for septic arthritis usually includes intravenous fluids, intravenous antibiotics, and pain medications. Most will require surgery to clean out (drain) the infected joint.

Treatment for septic arthritis may include:

Arthritis Septic Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of septic arthritis.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • Do I need a special exercise program?
  • Will I need physical therapy?
  • Will I need occupational therapy?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for having septic arthritis again?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Arthritis Septic Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat septic arthritis:

Continue to Arthritis Septic Warning Signs

Last Updated: Jun 15, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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