What is a septic infection in joints

Not Medical Advice: Septic arthritis is an extremely painful infection in a joint. The joint can become diseased with germs that travel through your bloodstream from another part of your body. Septic arthritis can also happen when a penetrating injury brings germs directly into the joint.

Older adults and infants are most likely to develop septic arthritis. The most common joints affected are the hips and knees. Septic arthritis can severely and quickly damage the cartilage and bone within the joint, so prompt treatment is crucial.

Treatment consists of draining the joint with a needle or via an operation. Intravenous antibiotics also may be essential to stop the infection.

Just in! Doctors were left baffled when a school girl developed severe acute septic arthritis in her left hand for a still unexplained reason. But she has recovered to shake the hand of a member of the Royal Family. Read more at This is Sussex.

Updated on Tuesday, November 05 2013 at 07:46AM EST