Irrigation of the joints

Irrigation of Joints:

Joint irrigation, also known as synovial lavage, is an effective treatment used to flush out joint inflammation and remove debris from a joint. Irrigation is most commonly used on knee joints to treat pain due to arthritis or other joint conditions like tendonitis. It is also used to treat other joints such as shoulders, elbows, hips, and ankles.

Joint irrigation usually involves inserting a needle into the joint and using a gentle saline solution to flush out the area. This is done under the guidance of a doctor, and the entire procedure takes about 15 minutes. After the area is flushed, the doctor may choose to insert an anti-inflammatory medication into the joint for pain relief.

The following are some of the benefits of joint irrigation:

  • It relieves pain and improves joint mobility.
  • It reduces stiffness in the joint.
  • It can reduce inflammation, swelling, and tenderness.
  • It encourages healing by removing debris and inflammation from the joint.
  • It can help reduce the risk of infection.

The side effects of joint irrigation are usually mild and may include swelling, pain, and soreness in the joint. As with any medical procedure, there are risks involved. Be sure to discuss these with your doctor before the procedure is performed.

If you’re suffering from joint pain or inflammation, joint irrigation may be an effective treatment option. Talk to your doctor to find out if this procedure is right for you.