The Treatment Of Bacterial Arthritis

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Treatment of bacterial arthritis must occur rapidly upon onset. Once an individual becomes diagnosed, the doctor’s immediate response may be to admit the patient to a hospital in order to receive heavy amounts of antibiotics through intravenous injections. Oral antibiotics are taken routinely for the upcoming weeks, and according to the Pathology for the Physical Therapist Assistant textbook, “2 to 3 weeks is standard,” (Goodman). Depending on the severity of the infection, oral are taken for a longer period of time. The specific oral antibiotic prescribed is determined based on the organism that has infected the joint and the test results the doctor receives from the synovial fluid sample. If a fungus is the source of the infection, antifungal medications are prescribed. Patients often experience an improvement of their symptoms within forty-eight hours of the treatment process. It is essential for the joint to be rested early on in the treatment course by way of splinting, traction, or casting. Placing the joint into a split, traction, or cast prevents additional stress on the joint allowing for the medications to have a greater impact on the infection. As well as medicating and stabilizing the joint, it is important that all signs of infection are removed from the synovial fluid. Complete removal of the synovial fluid from the affected joint is crucial for the patient’s health and healing once the infection has been treated by medication. As described by Janelle Martel,…
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