Knee bursitis is the inflammation or swelling of the bursa, which is a small fluid-filled sac that is located either between the skin and the tendon or the tendon and the bone. Bursae are bags that serve as little cushions that provide support for various body joints. When these sacs are inflamed, bursitis forms. Additionally, fluid may build up around the joint (effusion).
Knee bursitis is fairly prevalent among people between the ages of 40 and 60. However, many individuals lack the knowledge necessary to identify knee bursitis, treat it, and determine whether to seek medical attention if necessary.
Common symptoms of knee bursitis include pain around the knee when touched as well as any apparent swelling around the joint. Tenderness, redness, or warmth may at times be noticed around the knee. You can also experience a fever and chills if you have septic bursitis.
Doctors make a diagnosis of knee bursitis by evaluating a patient’s medical history and conducting a physical exam. The doctor may do the following during a physical exam:
The majority of acute bursa cases recover quickly given enough rest and rehabilitation. It is therefore recommended that should you notice any of the symptoms of knee bursitis, to stop engaging in any physical activity that aggravates your knee and postpones returning to your regular routine until your condition has improved.
Anti-inflammatory medicines are frequently used to treat the symptoms of knee bursitis.
The doctor may sometime recommend aspiration of the bursa whereby a healthcare provider removes some of the fluid in the bursa sac for testing to rule out septic bursitis (infected). They will probably prescribe antibiotics if they determine that the fluid is septic. The doctor may advise corticosteroid injections if your knee bursitis persists or become chronic.
The following are some of the common approaches to preventing knee bursitis: