The disease usually causes but slight symptoms for several mouths, such as jerking of tin leg, limping, pain after exercise or on pressure, more or less swelling. These symptoms gradually increase, the limb becoming flexed, and disjoints finally stiffened. In the ankle joint, the disease is generally the result of chronic inflammation, which terminates in the formation of abscesses and exposure of the joint. When the knee joint is affected, a steel splint should be applied in such a way that extension of the limb maybe produced by which the articulating surfaces will be drawn apart. The plaster-of-Paris bandage is the best treatment for this affection.

The hot and cold spray, tepid pour, and fomentations, may also be advantageously employed in treatment.