Knee Bursitis – Frisco, TX
Infra-patellar, Pre-patellar and Anserine bursa are the three important bursae of the knee. Injury to any of these may cause Knee Bursitis. Also known as Housemaid’s Knee, Carpet Layer’s Knee, Jumper’s Knee and Roofer’s Knee, the condition causes inflammation of the bursa above the kneecap or on the interior part of the joint.

Causes Of Knee Bursitis

  • Trauma and injury to the knee.
  • Prolonged pressure on the knee.
  • Sports related injuries
  • Occupational hazards
  • Infection of the bursa due to an open wound
  • Obesity may put excessive weight on the knee and injure the bursae.
  • Medical conditions such as Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis or Gout

Symptoms Of Knee Bursitis

  • Swelling
  • Mild pain at the joint
  • Tenderness
  • Stiff knee joint
  • Redness and feeling of warmth over the affected area
  • Difficulty in kneeling or bending the knee
  • Pain and difficulty in climbing the stairs
  • Fever, in case of infection

Diagnosis Of Knee Bursitis

  • Medical history may reveal the cause of Knee Bursitis and physical examination may show swelling at the knee joint.
  • Tests such as Fine Needle Aspiration of the bursitis fluid may be advised by the orthopedic doctor to rule out any infection.
  • Imaging tests may reveal associated medical conditions which may be investigated to know the exact cause of the Knee Bursitis.

Treatment For Knee Bursitis

Nonsurgical Treatment:

  • Ice Compresses- These may be suggested to reduce swelling in the knee.
  • Complete bed rest
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs may be prescribed by the doctor to reduce the swelling and pain.
  • Knee pads may be used to provide support and cushioning to the joint.
  • Aspiration of the fluid may reduce pressure at the affected site and relieve the symptoms.
  • Antibiotics- The doctor may prescribe antibiotics, particularly in a suspected case of infective bursitis.
  • Steroids: If the symptoms are severe or persist for a long duration, injectable steroids may be advised by the doctor.
  • Avoid activities that put direct pressure on the knee joint.

Surgical Treatment

Removal of the bursa completely may be done by the orthopedic surgeon. It may be advised in cases that do not respond to non-surgical treatment.

Post-surgery care:

  • Splinting of the knee joint to provide complete rest.
  • Physiotherapy and exercises to restore the movement of the joint and avoid any stiffness.
  • Reduce or avoid strenuous activities, use crutches while walking.