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What is Bursitis?
Bursitis is an inflammation of the bursa, which is located near the joint of the knee. Bursa is a small sac filled with fluid that reduces the pressure and cushions it between the bones of your joint. There are 11 bursas in every knee. If one of them becomes inflamed, the condition is known as knee bursitis. Even though any of the 11 bursas can get inflamed, knee bursitis is more common over the kneecap or in the inner side of the knee.
Knee Bursitis Causes
Some of the most common causes of knee bursitis include:
- Bacterial infection of the bursa
- Repeated trauma to the knee
- A direct blow to the knee
- Frequent and repeated pressure on the knee, such as from kneeling
- Complications from gout, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, etc.
Knee Bursitis Symptoms
The signs and symptoms of this condition vary from the cause of the inflammation, but also from the affected bursa. Usually, knee bursitis is characterized by pain when moving the knee, but also at rest. The affected knee may also feel warm, swollen and tender when putting pressure on it. The signs and symptoms of knee bursitis most often develop over the course of time, as repeated injury and trauma to the affected knee is the main cause of knee bursitis.
Some people are more likely to have problems with their knees and especially with knee bursitis than others. People who are at a greater risk of suffering from knee bursitis are obese and overweight people, people who need to kneel a lot during the day, like gardeners, carpenters, plumbers, etc. Football players, volleyball players, wrestlers or runners are also at a greater risk of having knee problems.
Knee Bursitis Treatment
Treatment usually depends from the cause of bursitis and from the affected part of the knee. If bursitis results from an infection, usually antibiotics are prescribed to treat it. Bed rest, ice compresses and pain medications as well as anti-inflammatory medications are recommended at the beginning of the treatment. Physical therapy is also recommended, especially in order to improve the knee flexibility and to strengthen the muscles that support the knee joint.
If these conservative treatment options are not enough, there are also more invasive treatment options available, like:
- Corticosteroid injections: are given directly to the affected bursa in order to reduce its inflammation. These injections are usually considered as a treatment option in cases when bursitis is persistent and is not responding well to other treatment options.
- Aspiration: tries to reduce excess fluid and to treat the inflammation.
- Surgery: is the last treatment option, when the bursa is totally removed in cases when the bursitis is severe and chronic and is not responding to any other treatment option.
The outlook for knee bursitis in general is very good as it will resolve spontaneously, especially in cases of mild bursitis. The most important thing is to prevent it by preventing injuries and trauma to the knees and adjacent tissue of the knee joints.
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