Knee bursitis

Knee bursitis


Knee bursitis is inflammation of a small fluid-filled sac (bursa) situated near your knee joint where by it reduce friction and cushion pressure points between your bones and the tendons, muscles and skin near your joints.
Any of the bursa in your knee can become inflamed, but knee bursitis most commonly occurs over the kneecap or on the inner side of your knee below the joint. Knee bursitis causes pain and can limit your mobility.

Knee bursitis can be caused by:

  • Frequent and sustained pressure, such as from kneeling, especially on hard surfaces
  • Overuse or strenuous activity
  • A direct blow to your knee
  • Bacterial infection of the bursa
  • Complications from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid

Knee bursitis signs and symptoms vary, depending on which bursa is affected and what's causing the inflammation.

The pain from bursitis may be worse with movement, but it may also occur at rest. 

In addition to pain, people with knee bursitis may experience:

  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Warmth around the affected area

If a bursa is infected, you may also have a fever. If you have a fever in addition to knee pain or swelling, call your doctor right away. 

Knee bursitis is a common complaint, but your risk of developing this painful disorder can increase from:

  • Prolonged kneeling. People who work on their knees for long periods — carpet layers, plumbers and gardeners — are at increased risk of knee bursitis.
  • Participation in certain sports. Sports that result in direct blows or frequent falls on the knee — such as wrestling, football and volleyball — can increase your risk of knee bursitis. Runners can develop pain and inflammation in the pes anserine bursa, situated on the inner side of your knee below the joint.
  • Obesity and osteoarthritis. Pes anserine bursitis, affecting the inner side of your knee below the joint, often occurs in obese women with osteoarthritis.

To avoid knee bursitis or prevent its recurrence:

  • Wear kneepads. If you're working on your knees or participating in sports that put your knees at risk, use padding to cushion and protect your knees.
  • Take breaks. If you're on your knees for a period of time, take regular breaks to stretch your legs and rest your knees.
  • Avoid excessive squatting. Excessive or repetitious bending of your knees increases the force on your knee joints.
  • Achieve and maintain a healthy weight. This can help take pressure off your knee joint.

Our doctors often can make a diagnosis of knee bursitis with a medical history and physical exam. The doctor will:

  • Compare the condition of both knees, particularly if only one is painful
  • Gently press on areas of your knee to detect warmth, swelling and the source of pain
  • Inspect the skin over the tender area for redness or other signs of infection
  • Carefully move your legs and knees to determine your knee's range of motion and whether it hurts to bend or flex it

Imaging tests

To help rule out injuries that can cause signs and symptoms similar to those of bursitis, your doctor might request one or more of the following imaging tests:

  • X-ray. These can be useful in revealing a problem with a bone or arthritis.
  • MRI. MRIs use radio waves and a strong magnetic field to produce detailed images of structures within your body. This technology visualizes soft tissues, such as bursae.
  • Ultrasound. Using sound waves to produce images in real time, ultrasound can help your doctor better visualize swelling in the affected bursa.

With a variety of Homeopathic Medicine there are a number of remedies prescribe to treat this condition depending on the totality of symptoms and the chance of recovery is very high.

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