Synovial joints have a sheath of tissue called a joint capsule that contains a synovium. The synovial membrane, or synovium, is the inner lining of a joint. This inner lining secretes synovial fluid, which cushions the joints during movement. The fluid lubricates the joint and prevents wear on cartilage while the joint is in motion. Synovium serves an important function in the joint capsules in the ankles, knees, elbows, hands, feet, and shoulders. When the synovium becomes inflamed, it causes a condition called synovitis.
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Synovial inflammation or synovitis is when the synovium of a joint becomes inflamed and swollen. The synovium, also called the stratum synovial or synovial stratum, is composed of connective tissue that lines the inside of a joint capsule.
A joint capsule (also called an articular capsule) is a bubble-like structure that surrounds joints in the shoulder, wrist, elbow, hand, wrist, knee, foot, and ankle. It’s composed of a tough outer layer called a fibrous stratum and a soft inside layer, the synovial membrane. Contained inside both layers is synovial fluid, a liquid that lubricates the joint to reduce friction on the articular cartilage during motion.
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The primary cause of synovium inflammation is related to an overactive immune system. In those situations, the immune system attacks a healthy synovium which causes excessive growth of the synovium. The synovial membrane becomes inflamed and procedures additional synovial fluid. Under those conditions, the joint cartilage and bone become damaged, leading to stiffness, swelling, and warmth in the joint, along with significant pain. Other causes of synovitis include:
Signs and symptoms of synovitis depend on the area of the body that is affected. Most people with synovitis will experience these symptoms:
The pain of synovitis can sometimes be more severe than it may appear because there may not be visible evidence of injury or swelling.
Synovitis is a condition that takes many forms, including:
Synovitis is a type of inflammation that can be painful and annoying to live with, so it’s important to consult an experienced healthcare professional as soon as possible.
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Synovitis can be present in any part of the body. It typically affects the knees, ankles, jaw, shoulders, hips, and wrists. It may affect one or more of these regions at the same time, depending on the cause of the inflammation.
While you may not feel severe pain, pain is not the only signal that you may have synovitis. Synovitis can cause joint tenderness, and you may feel hard lumps near the joints.
When you’ve experienced pain that won’t go away, despite trying various conservative methods, it’s probably time to seek out a medical professional with experience treating and diagnosing synovitis. At NJ Spine & Orthopedic, we prioritize patient-centered care that ensures each patient receives personalized care and attention. Each condition and patient is unique, and the diagnosing and treating process must be individually tailored.
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