Joint pains are a symptom of MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). When this type of staph infection spreads it can affect the joints. There are other causes of pain in the joints besides MRSA and when a person had joint pains before getting MRSA, he or she might not recognize that the pain is from the infection spreading.
A healthcare professional will be able to identify the source of the pain and determine if it is caused by the infection getting worse or other medical issue. Treating the discomfort in the joints will include treating the MRSA infection. After hearing that, you might ask yourself, “How Long is MRSA Treatment?”
Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Symptoms
The symptoms of MRSA include flu like symptoms, rash, pus filled sores, redness, and sensitivity. When this staph bacterium breaks through the skin and enters the body, it can spread and cause additional symptoms. One of symptoms that the infection has spread is joint pain. This occurs when bacteria gets into the blood, which leads to infection of the joints. The lining of the joints is know as sinovium and has little protection again infection. This puts the cartilage at risk from being destroyed by bacteria like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Inflammation of the joints from infection can cause joint damage, which leads to pain.
MRSA Infection and Joint Pain
When the joint becomes infected inflammation can occur. This can cause pressure to increase and the blood flow to the joints to decrease (Diagnosing MRSA with Blood Tests). When there is surgery near the joint or an artificial joint is implanted, it can introduce bacteria to the area. When the bacteria doesn’t respond to common antibiotics, tests will be done to determine if the cause if from MRSA.
Causes of Joint Pain
A MRSA infection that has spread, is not the only reason someone may have joint pain. An infection can make previous joint pain worse or it may not even be noticed due to the fact joint pain already exists. Some of the other causes of joint pain include the following:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis – progressive disease causing inflammation of the joints and other tissues
- Injury – strain, impact, stress, overuse, etc.
- Tendonitis – inflammation of the tendon
- Bursitis – inflammation of the bursa
- Osteoarthritis – degeneration of joint cartilage
- Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction – abnormal motion in the sacroiliac joint
A healthcare professional can diagnose the source of joint pain and develop a treatment plan
Treatment of Joint Pain
If the joint pain is caused by MRSA, the infection will need to be treated with antibiotics. In addition, surgery may need to be performed to remove damage or infected tissue. Sometimes a prosthetic will need to be removed if it has developed a biofilm. While waiting for the treatment to be effective a doctor may recommend over-the-counter pain relievers or prescribe a prescription pain reliever. When the cause is not from the infection, other treatment will be necessary depending on the source of the pain in the joints.
Identifying a MRSA infection promptly and seeking immediate treatment () will prevent the bacteria from spreading in the body and causing joint pain.