Knee Bursitis: What You Need To Know

What is a bursa? What is bursitis?

A bursa is small fluid-filled sacs that reduce friction between a bone and tendon, muscle, or skin. Bursitis is an inflammation of this fluid-filled sac due to irritation and constant pressure. The most commonly inflamed knee bursas are related to the patellar tendon (it attaches the bottom of the kneecap to the shin bone). These include supra-patellar bursae, pre-patellar bursae, and infra-patellar bursae. Inflammation of these bursas leads to knee pain and discomfort and may also limit knee movements.

What are the causes of Knee Bursitis?

Knee bursitis is caused by injury or damage to the bursas due to repetitive motions, positions that put constant pressure. Certain factors increase the risk of getting bursitis, such as:

What are the symptoms of Knee Bursitis?

Symptoms of knee bursitis depend upon the inflamed bursae. If you have knee bursitis, you may experience the following general symptoms:

How to make a diagnosis of Knee Bursitis?

The doctor will make the diagnosis based on the following:

What is the prognosis of Knee Bursitis?

The prognosis of knee pain due to different bursitis is usually good. Mild to moderate cases heal with rest on their own. Symptoms become less usually within three to four days. Severe cases require medical assistance for recovery. If untreated, the bursae keep on increasing in size. In extreme cases, it may become necessary to remove the bursae.

What are the treatments of Knee Bursitis?

Depending upon the severity of your condition, your doctor will recommend the following for knee bursitis: