Knee Bursitis

Knee Bursitis is inflammation of a bursa, a small, fluid-filled, pad-like sac that cushions pressure between bones and tendons and muscles near the knee joint. Knee Bursitis commonly occurs over the kneecap or on the inner side of the knee below the joint, often causing pain and limiting mobility.

Symptoms:

  • Warm to the touch
  • Swelling
  • Painful or tender with movement, pressure, or touch

Common causes:

  • Frequent and sustained pressure, such as from kneeling
  • Direct blow to the knee
  • Frequent falls on the knee
  • Bacterial infection of the bursa
  • Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or gout in knee
  • Gait deviations causing excessive pressure on the knee joint

Risk Factor:

  • Overuse - people who work on their knees for long periods of time
  • Sports involving direct blows or frequent falls on the knee
  • Obesity
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Impaired immune system - more susceptible to infection of the bursa