Is Your Knee Pain Due to Bursitis?

Is Your Knee Pain Due to Bursitis?

If you suffer from knee pain, you’re not alone. It’s estimated that 25% of adults complain of pain in their knees. 

You rely on your knees when standing, walking, and climbing stairs. Knee pain, no matter the cause, can make day-to-day activities impossible. 

At Apple Wellness Center in Winchester, Virginia, our experienced chiropractor, Michael Pasternack, DC, understands how knee pain affects quality of life. When it comes to treating knee pain, he first needs to understand the cause.

Though osteoarthritis is often responsible for chronic knee pain, many people develop acute knee pain from overuse injuries like bursitis. Is your knee pain due to bursitis? 

What is bursitis?

You may be familiar with sprains and strains and you may even know about tendinitis, but bursitis may not be something you hear about all that often.

Bursitis means you have an inflamed bursa. A bursa is a fluid-filled sac that acts as a cushion between bones and soft tissue. In large joints like your knees, you have more than one bursa — bursae — to cushion the soft tissue. These bursae also reduce friction so your joint glides during movement.

Inflammation of the bursa may occur from overuse or an injury. The good news is that bursitis is temporary. 

Knee bursitis

Inflammation may affect any of the bursae in your knee. But knee bursitis most often occurs in the bursa located at the front of your kneecap (prepatellar bursitis) or the one on the inside of your knee between your shinbone and hamstring (goosefoot bursitis).

Prolonged kneeling and direct injuries to the knee are the most common causes of knee bursitis. 

You may be at risk of developing this type of knee pain if you have a job that requires constant kneeling (plumber or carpet layer) or you play a sport that might cause a lot of falls that affect the knee (wrestling or volleyball) or a direct blow (football). 

Knee bursitis may also develop from an infection or co-occur with knee osteoarthritis. This is especially common in women who also struggle with their weight.

Is it knee bursitis?

Of course, pain is a common symptom of many conditions that affect the knee. But with knee bursitis, your knee may be swollen, red, and warm to the touch. These symptoms may develop rapidly when the inflammation occurs from an injury. 

Also, with knee bursitis, the pain tends to be constant, occurring whether you’re moving or resting the knee.  

Getting relief from knee pain

We individualize treatment for knee pain depending on the underlying cause. With knee bursitis, we may recommend rest or activity modification to reduce the extra stress on the bursae.

More importantly, we incorporate physical therapy procedures to improve the strength of the muscles that support your knee. This helps ease the pressure on your bursae (and the other components in your knee), reducing your acute pain and potentially preventing a chronic knee pain condition.

We also provide lifestyle counseling to help those struggling with their weight. Losing weight — even a small amount — reduces stress on the knee and knee pain conditions that come with it. 

If you have knee pain along with swelling, redness, and warmth in the knee, you may have bursitis. 

Let us help you find out what’s causing your knee pain and develop a plan to reduce your discomfort. Call our office or click the book online button to schedule an appointment today at our Winchester, Virginia, office.

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