Traumatic Arthritis

Traumatic arthritis is a form of arthritis that is caused from some kind of physical injury. The trauma could come from sports, a car accident, a fall or many other sources. These injuries can damage cartilage and/or bone and make the joint wear out more quickly.

Symptoms include swelling, pain, tenderness, joint instability and fluid accumulation.

In addition to a physical examination, diagnostic imaging such as X-rays and CT scans are usually necessary to diagnose traumatic arthritis. Blood test may also be ordered.


Treatment for post-traumatic arthritis can include weight loss, low impact exercise, anti-inflammatory medication and cortisone injections. When the arthritis progresses to the point that these measures are not effective in treating pain and maintaining function, surgery may be recommended.

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