Workers who have jobs that involve repetitive motions may develop a painful joint condition known as synovitis. It involves inflammation of the membrane lining the joint. It makes the movement of a knee, shoulder or other joints extremely painful. Overuse injuries in the workplace can develop with repeated stress or pressure on a joint and cause inflammation.
If you have been diagnosed with synovitis, you should not have to live with chronic joint pain and stiffness. You may be entitled to compensation. You may seek workers’ compensation benefits to pay for your medical care and replace a portion of your lost wages. A conversation with a friendly, knowledgeable synovitis injury lawyer at Younce, Vtipil, Baznik & Banks will help you clarify your legal options.
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Diagnosis of Synovitis
The synovium is a connective tissue that lines the inside of the joint such as the knee joint, shoulder joint, and ankle joint. It is also known as the stratum synovium or synovial stratum. The thin synovium membrane produces synovial fluid that lubricates the joints.
When the synovium is inflamed, it becomes swollen with excess synovial fluid, making it stiff and painful to move. The fluid contains an enzyme that can eventually eat away the cartilage and bone of the joint and lead to degenerative changes.
When the synovium lining the sheath surrounding tendons in the wrists, ankles, hands, or feet become inflamed due to overuse, the condition may be diagnosed as tenosynovitis or tendon sheath synovitis. The symptoms are joint stiffness and loss of function.
If you have developed joint pain, you should seek medical treatment promptly. If it’s work-related and covered as a workers’ compensation claim, your employer or the insurance provider will decide where you go for medical treatment. A patient suffering from synovial inflammation will experience joint pain and may present other symptoms.
A doctor will look for signs of:
- Tenderness in the joint
It may be painful to move the joint. The doctor may order an imaging test such as an MRI or other imaging tests to confirm the synovitis diagnosis and rule out other possible medical issues such as a broken bone or infection.
Be sure to explain to the doctor the type of work that you do if you believe the joint inflammation may be related to your job. The doctor can evaluate whether the condition may be work-related.
If the condition occurred as a result of repetitive activity on the job or by trauma on the job, then the doctor may diagnose it as an occupation-related injury or condition.
North Carolina requires most employers to maintain workers’ compensation insurance to provide benefits to workers who are injured on the job or develop occupational diseases. If you are a full-time or part-time employee, you may be entitled to full worker’s compensation benefits if you have been diagnosed with work-related synovitis injury.