Transient Synovitis Treatment & Management

Updated: Dec 20, 2018
  • Author: Christine C Whitelaw, MD; Chief Editor: Lawrence K Jung, MD  more...
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Medical Care

Apply heat and massage to individuals with transient synovitis (TS). If the diagnosis of transient synovitis is equivocal or the patient is uncomfortable, hospitalize for observation and traction. Home treatment also can include traction. Skin traction of the hip in 45° of flexion minimizes intracapsular pressure. Treatment with ibuprofen may shorten the duration of symptoms. [24]



Advise bedrest for 7-10 days, allowing the patient to rest in a position of comfort. Advise the patient with transient synovitis not to bear weight on the affected limb. Advise the patient with transient synovitis to avoid full unrestricted activity until the limp and pain have resolved.