Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Knee Bursitis Evaluation

The evaluation of knee bursitis begins with a history and physical exam.

Physical findings in someone with knee bursitis include:

  • Tenderness over the knee bursa
  • Swelling around the knee bursa
  • Redness over the bursa of the knee
  • Normal range of motion in the knee

Tests that may be used to evaluate knee bursitis include:
  • Examination of fluid from the bursa:
    • Fluid is removed from the bursa with a needle
  • X-rays of the knee

Additional tests that may be used to evaluate knee bursitis include:

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Last Updated: Dec 17, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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