Antibiotics are given as soon as SA is found. They are given by IV to start. This helps the joint get medication to kill the bacteria. The medicine you get depends on what is causing your infection. The rest of the antibiotics may be given by mouth.
Fluid may be removed from the joint so it is not harmed. This may be done with a needle or through surgery.
Rest, keeping the joint still, and warm packs may be used for pain. Physical therapy or exercises may also help you get better more quickly.
To lower your chance of SA, get treated for possible infections right away.
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