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Bursitis of the Knee

Information about Bursitis of the Knee

We Have to Know about the Bursitis of The Knee

  • Knee bursitis is inflammation of a bursa located near your knee joint. A bursa is a small fluid-filled, pad-like sac that reduces friction between moving parts in your knee — bone and skin, bone and muscle, bone and tendons, or tendons and muscles

Could be dangerous, if the answer is YES for any one of the following questions

  • Persistent pain in the joint?
  • Inability to walk?

Causes of Bursitis of the Knee

  • Frequent and sustained pressure on the affected bursa most often causes knee bursitis
  • A severe blow to the knee directly causing inflammation of a bursa
  • A severe blow causing internal bleeding into a bursa that subsequently induces inflammation
  • Frequent falls on the knee
  • Bacterial infection of the bursa
  • Complications from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or gout in your knee

Do’s and Don’ts of Bursitis of the Knee

  • Wear kneepads when you’re working on your knees or participating in sports that put your knees at risk
  • Rest your knees and stretch your legs as much as possible if you work on your knees for extended periods
  • Stretch your legs before and after a workout
  • Vary your exercise routine to give your knees a rest
  • Elevate and ice your knees for about 20 minutes after a workout or after working on your knees for a long time

Signs & Symptoms of Bursitis of the Knee

  • Knee bursitis begins gradually, and it may worsen over time if left untreated

The affected portion of your knee may:

  • Feel warm to your touch
  • Appear swollen or feel squishy to your touch
  • Be painful or tender when you move or put pressure on your knee

Medical advice for Bursitis of the Knee

  • Pain is severe or worrisome
  • You can’t bear weight on a knee
  • You’ve experienced a traumatic blow to your knee
  • Your knee is swollen
  • You have a fever in addition to pain and swelling in your knee — a possible indication of infection

Risk factors of Bursitis of the Knee

  • An activity or condition that puts chronic strain or pressure on bursae
  • People who work on their knees for long periods of time — plumbers and gardeners
  • Sports that result in direct blows or frequent falls on the knee, such as wrestling, football, and volleyball.
  • Abnormal gait, obesity, and osteoarthritis.
  • Poor sports training, inadequate stretching and tight hamstrings — especially for swimmers and runners
  • Conditions like cancer, diabetes, lupus, alcoholism and HIV/AIDS

Treatment for Bursitis of the Knee

  • Medications
  • Physical Therapy
  • Surgery in rare cases

Self-care for Bursitis of the Knee

  • Rest your knee. Discontinue the activity that causes knee bursitis and avoids movements that worsen your pain
  • Apply ice. Apply an ice pack to your knee for 20 minutes at a time several times a day until the pain goes away and your knee no longer feels warm to the touch
  • Elevate your knee. Elevate your knee by propping up your legs on pillows. This can help reduce swelling in your knee
  • Stretch your muscles

Investigations for Bursitis of the Knee

  • X-ray
Pain is severe or worrisome
Causes of Bursitis of the Knee