Knee Bursitis

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Bursitis of the knee occurs when constant friction on the bursa causes inflammation. Bursae can become inflamed and irritated causing pain and tenderness. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Knee bursitis is inflammation of a bursa located near your knee joint. A bursa is a small fluid-filled, pad-like sac that reduces friction and cushions pressure points between your bones and the tendons and muscles near your joints.

Knee bursitis most commonly occurs over the kneecap or on the inner side of your knee below the joint. It causes pain and can limit your mobility.

Signs and symptoms may vary, depending on which bursa is affected and what precisely is causing the inflammation. In general, the affected portion of your knee may:

Appear swollen or feel squishy to your touch

Be painful or tender when you move or put pressure on it

Most cases of knee bursitis result from repetitive injuries, so symptoms usually begin gradually and may worsen over time.

Call your doctor if you have a fever in addition to pain and swelling in your knee. Treatment for knee bursitis often includes a combination of self-care practices and doctor-administered treatments to alleviate pain and inflammation.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.