Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Swollen Joints Overview

Another name for Swollen Joints is Joint Swelling (multiple joints).

What is joint swelling (multiple joints)?
A person with joint swelling may have swelling within the joint, or swelling around the joints.

What are the symptoms of joint swelling (multiple joints)?
Symptoms that can occur with joint swelling include joint pain, joint redness, joint warmth, joint stiffness, fever, and joint deformity.

How does the doctor treat joint swelling (multiple joints)?
The treatment of joint swelling depends on the underlying cause. Treatment for joint swelling may include rest, elevation, warm compresses, stretching exercises, weight reduction, physical therapy, antibiotics, and pain medications. Medications used to treat arthritis include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, corticosteroids, and drugs that suppress the immune system. Some may be candidates for joint replacement surgery.

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Last Updated: Dec 16, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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