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Knee bursitis

Knee bursitis

Knee bursitis refers to an inflammation of a bursa located near one's knee joint. A burse is a small fluid filled, pad-like-sac that reduces friction and cushions the pressure points between one's bones, tendons and muscles near the joint. Knee bursitis commonly occurs over the kneecap or on the inner side of one's knee below the joint. This condition causes pain and can limit mobility.

Knee bursitis can be caused by:

• Recurrent falls on the knee
• Bacterial infection of the bursa
• A direct blow to the knee
• Frequent and sustained pressure such as from kneeling
• Complications from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or gout in the knee

The signs and symptoms of this condition vary depending on which bursa is affected and what is causing the inflammation. The affected portion of one's knee may:

• Look swollen or feel soggy to touch
• Feel warm to touch
• Be painful or tender when there's pressure or movement

Try these home remedies to ease the pain of knee bursitis:

• Apply an ice pack to the knee for about 20 minutes at a time several times a day until the pain subsides
• Avoid doing any activity that causes knee bursitis
• Elevate the knee by using pillows as it can reduce swelling in the knee
• Use a compressive wrap or knee sleeve to reduce swelling

If you notice any swelling or pain in your knee, make an appointment with your doctor for a prompt diagnosis!

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