- A septic joint will be painful, hot, swollen, and restricted.
- Diagnosis is based on the opinion of the clinician experienced in the management of musculoskeletal disease.
- In all cases of suspected native joint sepsis, the joint should be aspirated.
- In all cases of suspected joint sepsis, empirical antibiotic therapy should be commenced once appropriate cultures have been taken.
Last updated: Apr 09, 2013