Joint and Muscle Bleeds

Preventing joint and muscle bleeds — and immediately treating them when they do occur — is a critical component of managing hemophilia with inhibitors.4

While having inhibitors does not mean someone will have joint and muscle bleeds more often, inhibitors can make these bleeds more difficult to stop. So, preventing joint and muscle bleeds — and treating them quickly when they do occur — is extremely important for people with inhibitors. If bleeds are left untreated, bleeds can cause permanent joint damage.4,13

Joint Bleeds

Joint bleeds can cause limited movement in a joint. The joint may feel warm to the touch. Even if there is no swelling, the joint may hurt when moved. The ankles, knees, and elbows are common locations for joint bleeds.1,4

Joint bleeds can result in permanent damage to the joint if bleeding is not stopped quickly, or when bleeds are allowed to happen too often.1,4

Muscle Bleeds

Muscle bleeds are a common type of bleed. The pain of a muscle bleed often causes limited ability to move both the muscle that has been hurt, as well as joints near the muscle. Pain occurs when the muscle is moved or stretched, and the muscle may look bigger.1

If the pain gets worse when the muscle is at rest, then that could be a sign of a major bleed that should be treated immediately.1

Muscle bleeds happen due to the muscle getting hit or bumped, like with a bruise or when the muscle gets overused or overstretched.1

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Preventing Joint and Muscle Bleeds

Joint and muscle bleeds can sometimes be prevented by staying active with certain types of activities.4

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