Can synovitis be treated without surgery?
Synovitis can be treated without surgery. In more mild cases, the symptoms may lessen without treatment. It is recommended that affected patients rest, apply ice, apply compression, and elevate the joint. Physical therapy can also help to restore range of motion in the knee and allow for rapid natural healing of the knee joint. In more moderate cases, synovitis, or knee joint inflammation, may be treated with anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), steroid injections, or other biologic joint injections. These injections can help decrease swelling, inflammation, and can manage pain. Steroid injections can be extremely helpful in managing the symptoms of synovitis; however, it is not a cure.