The board certified doctors at OrthoTexas, Frisco specialize in diagnosing and treating various medical conditions affecting the knee joint. They have extensive experience in providing treatment for orthopedic problems such as Knee Bursitis.

Knee Bursitis

Knee Bursitis, also known as Prepatellar Bursitis, is characterized by the inflammation of the bursa located in front of the kneecap. Bursa is a small jelly-like sac containing fluid that acts as a cushion and decreases friction in the knee. It is located between the bones and soft tissues of the knee. Knee Bursitis occurs due to the irritation of the bursa leading to excessive fluid production.

Causes Of Knee Bursitis

  • Prior injury
  • Repetitive stress
  • Strenuous activities such as kneeling or jumping
  • Infection
  • Cut, scratch or injury to the surface of the knee
  • Medical conditions such as Knee Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout and Pseudo Gout

Symptoms Of Knee Bursitis

  • Pain
  • Tenderness
  • Warmth to touch
  • Swelling in the front of the kneecap
  • Difficulty moving the knee
  • Inability to kneel
  • Difficulty in walking
  • Redness in the knee

Diagnosis Of Knee Bursitis

The orthopedic doctor may inquire about the medical history of the patient, any previous injury and onset of the symptoms. He may conduct a physical examination to check the extent of pain, swelling, mobility and tenderness and in the knee. The doctor may also perform imaging tests like X-ray or MRI to confirm the diagnosis.

Treatment For Knee Bursitis

  • R.I.C.E. Therapy: The doctor may suggest the patient to undergo R.I.C.E. therapy, which includes resting the affected leg, icing the area of pain, compressing it with a bandage and keeping the joint elevated above heart level. This procedure can assist in reducing soreness and swelling.
  • Medication and rest: Anti-inflammatory medications can be prescribed to minimize pain and inflammation. The patient may be advised to take rest and avoid putting weight on the affected knee. Wearing a knee brace or using crutches while walking may be beneficial.
  • Aspiration: The surgeon may remove excess liquid from the swollen bursa to eliminate swelling. Aspiration helps to reduce pressure from the knee joint.
  • Surgery: Surgery may be recommended only in severe cases of Knee Bursitis. Post-surgery, the patient is advised to follow physical therapy to regain strength, motion and flexibility of the joint.

For diagnosis and treatment of Knee Bursitis, visit OrthoTexas, Frisco. To schedule an appointment with our knee surgeons, you can call at (214) 618 – 5502.