Infectious Arthritis

If you suspect, or have been diagnosed with a type of infectious arthritis, the rheumatology specialists in the Rheumatology Center of UMass Memorial Medical Center can provide you with expert care.

What is Infectious Arthritis?

Infectious arthritis refers to a group of diseases in which joints are infected with bacteria, fungi or other organisms. These infections result in pain, swelling, warmth and occasionally overlying redness of joints. Usually a single joint is affected but, in some cases, more than one joint may become involved.

It is important that infectious arthritis be diagnosed immediately so that treatment can be initiated promptly.

Common Forms of Infectious Arthritis

UMass Memorial rheumatologists treat all forms of infectious arthritis, however the most common forms are:

  • Septic (bacterial) arthritis
  • Lyme disease
  • Hepatitis-C related arthritis
  • Post-viral arthritis

It’s important to diagnosis infectious arthritis immediately so treatment can begin promptly.

Diagnosis and Treatment for Infectious Arthritis

UMass Memorial rheumatologists are expert in diagnosing and treating infectious arthritis.

Your rheumatology care consists of:

  • Confirmation of the diagnosis, with a thorough review of your medical history, physical examination, and appropriate laboratory testing and X-rays
  • Removal of fluid from the involved joint to assess for infection and identify the cause, if present
  • Develop an appropriate treatment plan, working with your primary care physician, infectious disease specialists and orthopedic surgeons
  • Monitoring of antibiotic therapy to assure optimal control of disease activity, minimize side effects, and the best possible outcome