The knee is one of the synovial joints in the body. The joint is encapsulated by a synovial membrane that releases synovial fluid to lubricate the knee joint. Certain knee injuries or conditions can cause the synovial membrane to become inflamed, resulting in synovitis. Knee synovitis is a secondary condition – synovitis treatment often involves treating the underlying cause as well as synovitis symptoms. At Robotic Hip and Knee Replacement LA, we offer synovitis treatment, including knee scar tissue removal surgery, at our clinic in Los Angeles.
Causes and Symptoms of Knee Synovitis
There are many different possible causes of an inflamed knee synovial membrane. Gout and rheumatoid arthritis are autoimmune disorders that can cause synovitis in the knees and other synovial joints. A knee injury or disease, like cancer, can cause synovitis, or the disease can occur on its own. Knee synovitis can also be a complication of knee replacement surgery. The synovial lining can produce excess scar tissue that is pinched between the implant components, resulting in inflammation and pain. Symptoms of knee synovitis include:
- Redness and warmth around the knee
- Swelling in the knee joint
- Stiffness in the knee joint, often worse in the morning
Knee synovitis treatment depends on the cause of the synovial membrane or lining inflammation. Injury or arthritis complications that cause synovitis may respond well to ice, rest and anti-inflammatory medications. For complications from a knee replacement surgery, knee arthroscopy may be required to remove the inflamed knee scar tissue to relieve pain and improve knee function.
If you are experiencing knee synovitis symptoms, contact us at Robotic Hip and Knee Replacement LA to book your appointment or use the online appointment form on our contact page. We can schedule an exam and consultation with our knee specialist, Dr. Farzin Kabaei, at our orthopedic clinic in Beverly Hills.