A joint is the connection between to bones. Joints include the knee, hip, shoulder, and dozens of joints in the spine. Any joint can become infected, but some are more common than others.
Septic joints are most common in infants and young children, immunocompromised patients, and people with joint replacements.
A septic joint is problematic for two reasons:
- The body has a hard time fighting the infection because of a lack of immune defense within the joints.
- Joint cartilage can be irreversibly damaged by joint infections.