An effusion is swelling or fluid build-up in a joint and can be caused by a variety of situations. Most often in athletes, effusions occur shortly after or during the recovery of a serious injury. An effusion typically causes significant pain and can potentially slow down healing. This delay in healing may ultimately have a negative impact on your athletic performance, even after you have fully recovered from your previous injury.
To alleviate the pain caused by the fluid build-up in your joints, you may want to consider icing the effected joint, using compression wraps, elevating the affected joint, and using NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories such as Ibuprofen or Aleve).
If the effusion is large or lasts for a long period of time, your sport medicine doctor may recommend aspiration as a treatment option. Joint aspiration is a procedure that is performed by a sport medicine specialist and involves using a needle and syringe to extract fluid from the affected joint. This procedure is relatively quick and may include local anesthetic.
Joint aspiration is most frequently used to treat effusions around the knee, but may also be used around the hip, shoulder, ankle, elbow, or wrist.
Treating Joint Effusions Quickly
Maintaining good health and performance requires that you pay attention to your body’s needs. If you are experiencing strange pain in your joints, don’t ignore it and make sure that you get yourself into a sports medicine specialist as soon as possible.
Sports Medicine Specialty Group offers some of the best and most qualified sports medicine physicians in Utah. If you are experiencing a joint related problem, we can evaluate and diagnose your condition, and work with you to establish an appropriate treatment plan.
To make an appointment with one of our sports medicine specialists, all you need to do is call our office. We will make sure to get you in at the soonest availability.