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Knee Bursitis Treatment

Bursae are located throughout the body. They are fluid-filled sacs that allow soft tissues to move smoothly over the bone and protect pressure points. There are multiple bursae surrounding the knee joint, allowing ligaments, tendons and muscles to function without rubbing against the femur, tibia or patella (kneecap). When a knee bursa is put under excessive pressure, it can become inflamed, causing knee pain. Caliber Pain™ offers knee bursitis treatment for patients at our clinic in Midtown Manhattan.

Causes and Symptoms of Knee Bursitis

Although there are different bursa surrounding the knee, the two most likely to have bursitis are the ones located right above the kneecap and right under the knee on the inside of the joint. Repeated use or excessive pressure can cause irritation and inflammation. Some of the common causes of knee bursitis include:

  • Kneeling for long periods
  • Obesity
  • Impact or trauma to the knee
  • Infection
  • Degenerative or inflammatory diseases (arthritis, gout)
  • Overuse

When knee bursitis is present, the knee may be swollen, red and warm to the touch. The area of tenderness may depend on which bursa is inflamed. Pain may come and go, both with pressure and use. Bursitis symptoms may worsen over time with overuse and inflammatory conditions.

Relieving knee bursitis pain begins with conservative treatments to allow the inflammation to dissipate. Rest, ice and NSAIDs can help mild knee bursitis subside. With moderate to severe bursitis, medical treatment could be necessary. Antibiotics may be required if there is an infection, and corticosteroid injections, physical therapy and aspiration may also be recommended to relieve inflammation and pain.

If you have a swollen, painful knee, contact our team at Caliber Pain™ to schedule an evaluation. We offer diagnosis and treatment for knee bursitis at our medical facility in UES New York City.

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