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Knee Bursitis Overview

What is knee bursitis?
A person with knee bursitis has inflammation of a bursa near the knee joint. A bursa is a small sac that is filled with very slippery fluid. The bursa acts as a lubricating pad between a tendon and bone. Knee bursitis may be caused by knee injury, overuse or infection.

What are the symptoms of knee bursitis?
Symptoms of knee bursitis include knee pain that worsens with activity, knee redness, knee swelling, and knee tenderness.

How does the doctor treat knee bursitis?
The treatment for knee bursitis includes rest, cold compresses, elevation, ACE wrap, physical therapy and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Additional treatment for knee bursitis may include corticosteroids and the removal of excess fluid from the knee bursa.

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Last Updated: Feb 10, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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