When one of the 11 bursa that are near your knee becomes inflamed, you may end up with a condition called bursitis. The bursae are small sacs of fluid that help minimize friction in your knee joint by acting as a cushion for your muscles and tendons. Commonly, bursitis inflammation occurs in the bursa that sits over your knee itself or along the inside of the knee just below the joint.
A bursitis knee can be very painful and makes it difficult to walk or put weight on your joint. Treatment associated with knee bursitis can vary depending on the severity and location. However, most often a regimen of self care at home and knee bursitis treatment at your doctor’s office is recommended to help relieve pain, inflammation, and prevent recurrences.
Symptoms can vary depending on which of the eleven bursae are inflamed and the reason for the inflammation. Generally, you may feel the area that is affected is warm to the touch, is spongy when you press it, will likely look swollen, and will be painful when any pressure is applied when you try to move your joint.
Signs of inflammation can show very quickly when the bursitis is a result of a blow to your knee or after a fall. However, more often bursitis of the knee occurs in individuals who sustain repetitive injury. This is typical when a job entails repeated kneeling or in intensive sports. These injuries happen over time and gradually worsen. Arthritis or gout may also be a triggering factor. Medications that make you vulnerable to infection can also increase risk. Fever that accompanies bursitis in the knee is a sign of infection and requires a doctor visit.
Though initially a doctor visit is needed, they will likely refer you to a specialist who deals with joint problems such as bursitis of the knee. The specialist will visually observe your knee as well as order tests to rule out infection or other issues. Once a determination has been made, medication, therapy and preventative measures will be administered with surgery in more severe cases. With care from a specialist you can find relief from bursitis in knee.