Knee Bursitis – McKinney, TX
Dr. Morgan is a renowned orthopedic surgeon serving the community of McKinney, TX. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of a broad spectrum of orthopedic conditions affecting the knee joint, including ACL Tear, Knee Bursitis, Meniscus Tear, Plica Syndrome etc.

Knee Bursitis

Bursae are fluid filled sacs within the joint spaces that help to prevent friction between the bones during their movement against each other. Knee Bursitis is a medical condition in which the bursa gets inflamed and swells up. It is also known as ‘Housemaid’s Knee’ or ‘Carpet Layer’s Knee’. In most cases, this is caused by external injuries but sometimes the immune system may be weak and inflammation could be a result of an infection (Septic Bursitis). Though there are three main bursae in the knee joint, the prepatellar bursa (located above the kneecap) is most likely to be affected.

Causes Of Knee Bursitis

  • Kneeling on hard surfaces for a prolonged time period
  • External trauma to the knee during physical combat
  • Sports injury
  • Overuse of the knee can fill the joint with blood causing inflammation of the bursa
  • Gout which leads to the deposition of crystals in the joint spaces may be a cause
  • Wounds that break open the skin may lead to the bacterial infection in the joint causing Septic Bursitis
  • Occupations that require a lot of bending and kneeling increase the risk for Knee Bursitis
  • People with Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis are more susceptible
  • Excessive running can swell the bursae located in the inner parts of the knee joint
  • Obesity is another potential risk factor for Bursitis

Symptoms Of Knee Bursitis

  • Pain that occurs both while resting and during movement
  • Swelling and tenderness may be observed
  • The mobility of the knee is restrained
  • The infected knee may feel slightly warm to touch

Diagnosis Of Knee Bursitis

  • A thorough physical check of the knee which involves palpation to check for swelling, warmth and tenderness, comparison of both the knees and testing the range of motion by moving the knee in different directions
  • X-ray imaging may be conducted to identify the location of Bursitis and rule out other joint problems such as Arthritis and Tumor that may produce similar symptoms
  • MRI and ultrasound tests may be helpful in visualizing the affected bursa more closely
  • A sample of the fluid may be drawn out using a syringe and sent for lab test to check for Gout or infection

Treatment For Knee Bursitis

  • Mild cases of Bursitis can be treated by resting the affected knee for a few days
  • Anti-inflammatory medicines may be given orally or injected into the body to compress swelling
  • The fluid accumulated in the bursa can be drained using aspiration by inserting a syringe into the joint
  • For Septic Bursitis, antibiotics may be prescribed
  • Ice packs may be applied for the first few days to improve blood circulation and reduce swelling
  • Physical therapy may be recommended to enable the patient to resume mobility as well as prevent reoccurrence of the condition
  • Corticosteroid injections may be given in case the patient does not find relief from pain
  • The knee may be immobilized using a splint or brace to provide rest to the tissues and prevent swelling
  • Surgical removal of the bursa may be necessary in case of Chronic Bursitis

For treatment of Knee Bursitis and other medical conditions, visit Dr. Morgan. To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon in McKinney, TX, call at (972) 727 – 9995.