Swollen Joints: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 9/10/2019

Swollen joints refers to the enlargement of the joints, usually as a result of an inflammatory process or injury to the joint or to surrounding structures. Joint swelling may be accompanied by other symptoms, including

  • stiffness,
  • pain,
  • redness,
  • warmth, and
  • apparent loss of range of motion of the joint.

Depending upon the exact cause, swollen joints may occur singly, or multiple joints in the body may be involved at one time. The many arthritis conditions are a common cause of swollen joints.

Related Symptoms & Signs

Other causes of swollen joints

  • Bone Tumor
  • Cartilage Tear
  • Dislocations
  • Soft Tissue Tumors
  • Synovial Sarcoma
  • Trauma or Injury

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/10/2019


The term arthritis refers to stiffness in the joints. See Answer

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