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Your physician may prescribe
relative rest to heal the swelling of synovitis. By
putting less stress on your knee, you may be able to
reduce the irritation of the synovial membrane that
is causing the excess fluid production. This means modifying
your workouts to avoid the activities that cause pain.
For example, instead of riding a bike or running, you
could swim or rollerblade. Or, you could reduce the
intensity of your workout, by using less resistance
when you ride, or by eliminating hills from a running
workout. Contact sports and activities that require
twisting or side-to-side motion can cause irritation
of the joint lining and usually should be avoided.
The best way to prevent recurring synovitis is to properly
treat the knee problem or disease that caused synovitis.
You may be able to reduce your chances of recurring
synovitis by avoiding a sudden increase in activities
that require repetitive motion, such as cycling or using
a stair-climbing machine. Easing into an exercise routine
after synovitis can help reduce stress on the synovial
membrane and help you avoid irritation. In the absence
of other knee complications, the amount of caution you
should use during activities to prevent synovitis from
recurring depends on your age as follows:
- Synovitis usually does not hinder joint function after
an injury. Once synovitis heals, it rarely returns.
- Synovitis may signal that you have sustained some
degree of cartilage damage. Becoming less involved in
strenuous activities, like contact sports or long distance
running, may help prevent future synovitis. But you
do not need to avoid activities or be overly concerned
with prevention unless the underlying cause of your
synovitis was a severe disease or injury that warrants
extra prevention measures.
- Synovitis may be more problematic later in life, harming
the function of your knee joint, and you should continue
to visit your physician for check-ups after your knee
heals. Because synovitis is a common companion of rheumatoid
arthritis and osteoarthritis, you should strongly consider
cutting back your activity level to avoid situations
that could strain your knee joint.
Weight control is also important. One extra pound of
body weight translates into three or four pounds of
weight across your knee every time you take a step.
Lightening the load on your knees helps them to function
better. Your physician may prescribe a lightweight knee
brace to wear during sports that require side-to-side
or twisting motions. You should also consider wearing
kneepads during activities like in-line skating that
put you at risk for falling.