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Bursitis of the knee

What is bursitis?

Bursitis is inflammation and swelling of a bursa. A bursa is a fluid-filled sac which forms under the skin, usually over the joints, and acts as a cushion between the tendons and bones. There are a number of different bursae around the knee joint. "Housemaid's knee" is inflammation of the bursa located in between the kneecap and the skin.

The main symptoms of bursitis are pain, swelling and tenderness.

Any of the bursae around the knee can become inflamed.

How do we treat bursitis at the Mansfield Clinic?

The first step in treatment of any bursitis is to use simple measures such as ice packs, painkillers and anti-inflammatory medication. 

If the swelling caused by bursitis is particularly severe, you may need to consider having the fluid drained out. This procedure, known as aspiration, can relieve the pain in your joint. During aspiration, Dr Allfree will use a needle to draw out the fluid before covering the area with a dressing. You will need to avoid strenuous activity for about two days afterwards. 

If your bursitis symptoms are very severe or they do not respond to simple treatment, steroid injections introduced into the inflamed bursa are another possible treatment option.

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