Knee Bursitis – Know More About It And The Treatment Options


Millions of people all around the world are suffering from knee pain. The cause of this condition can be due to various things from arthritis, infections, injuries and many more. Dr. Melanie Novak MD says some conditions are easier to treat completely and can be healed while other conditions are chronic and can give patients lots of troubles for several years. Knee bursitis is a semi-chronic condition because its treatment can be done but it can also come back.

What is knee bursitis?

There is a pouch that is called bursa which helps in reducing rubbing between the bones and is packed with fluid. It reduces abrasion between the tissues which are positioned in the hips, shoulders, knees and elbows. When a person suffers from injury bursa often becomes inflamed and this condition is called as bursitis and is painful.

In the knee there are 3 types of bursa present in the body and the common one is originated in the prepatellar bursa, above the knee cap. If a person remains in a kneeling posture for a long time he/she can suffer from prepatellar bursa pain. This condition is known as roofer’s knee, housemaid’s knee and all these are the knee bursitis. Swelling and pain depends upon the condition of the suffering, it can ground pain but is less painful than arthritis. Patients always complain that they suffer from redness, tender and is warm all the time in the knees and others report firmness in the knees and they feel pain while walking and moving.

The other 2 types of the knee bursa do not root as many complications in the individuals, but they cannot be avoided. Infrapattelar bursa is the second one and is located under the knee cap, and below the ligament which attached muscles of the thigh to the knee cap. Most of the times people face injuries because of jumping and it is known as jumper’s knee. The third one is the anserine bursa which is situated on the inside lower of the knee.

Women from 35 to 40 years suffer from this condition and symptoms can be observed as pain at the back of the knee particularly when one climbs the stairs. This condition can also be found in the people who are heavy and is also known as anserine. Treatments in these cases are simply as complication is not as severe as in other cases of joint pains. According to Dr. Melanie Novak MD RICE is the effective treatment which is rest, Ice, compression and elevation.