Septic arthritis is joint inflammation that is caused by an infection of the joint by a bacteria or virus. It can also cause stiffness or inability to move the joint, and also known as infectious arthritis. It has many of the same symptoms as wear and tear arthritis including redness, pain, and heat in the joint. Other symptoms accompanying it including those of a generalized infection such as fever, weakness, or a headache. The infection may involve one or several joints.
An infection that enters the joint causes septic arthritis. Other causes include bacteria, virus, fungus, or even a parasite, and can be associated with trauma to the area or blood-borne infection. It usually comes on rapidly and may include flu-like symptoms.
This site offers information designed for educational purposes only. You should not rely on any information on this site as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, treatment, or as a substitute for, professional counseling care, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any concerns or questions about your health, you should always consult with a physician or other healthcare professional.