Acute transient synovitis of the hip is an inflammation of the membranes (synovium) that cover the hip’s inner joint surface. Although it is not very well-known, the origin of this disease is attributed to repetitive strain injuries and viruses. Acute transient synovitis of the hip sometimes leads to lameness in one of two limbs, and is often a source of pain and discomfort when the affected person is in movement. More commonly known as “irritable hip”, acute transient synovitis mainly affects children aged 3 to 10 years old, a majority of which are boys. In addition, this disease is characterized by a temporary and periodic outbreaks, which usually occur in winter and spring.
In the early stages of acute transient synovitis of the hip, the patient may also have a fever. A gastrointestinal infection or a pathology that affects the ear, nose and throat may also be detected at this stage of the disease. Subsequently, the patient will feel pain in the hip. The pain may spread to the thigh and knee. This disease causes the patient to limp when walking or, in the worst case scenarios, the patient may be completely unable to walk. In addition, hip movements are restricted during states of acute synovitis. If additional tests are carried out, an ultrasound scan will show fluid effusion in the joints of the hip.
Homoeopathy provides several suitable remedies for the treatment of acute synovitis, including Drosera rotundifolia. This remedy has antispasmodic and analgesic properties, and is an ideal solution for the treatment of joint disorders. The recommended dosage consists of 5 granules of Drosera Rotundifolia 7 CH or 9 CH, of which two daily intakes are required over the course of one week. However, it is important to follow some rules during this treatment, including refraining from consuming stimulants such as coffee or mint, as well as taking the remedy outside of meals. The use of Ferrum phosphoricum is also indicated to relieve irritable hips. This remedy, developed from a chemical strain, is highly effective for reducing pain that is characteristic of acute synovitis. The dosage consists of 5 granules of Ferrum phosphoricum 5 CH, to be taken three times a day for the duration of one week. In addition, this remedy may be used in combination with a similar dosage of Drosera Rotundifolia 5 CH.
The advice of a specialist is recommended from the onset of the first symptoms of an irritable hip, since that health professional is the sole authority to determine the most adequate dosage depending on the patient’s metabolism. Among other things, a strong dose of Drosera Rotundifolia may also cause irritation to the patient. Also, do not hesitate to consult a doctor in case the disease worsens, especially if the hindrance resulting from this condition prevents the patient from performing his usual daily activities.
Good to know: Acute transient synovitis of the hip is often linked to arthritis, regardless of whether it is inflammatory, microcrystalline or septic. The previously-mentioned homoeopathic remedies alleviate the pain caused by synovitis and help heal the patient.