Diagnosing Knee Bursitis

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What Is Bursitis Of The Knee?

Symptoms Of Knee Bursitis

What Causes Knee Bursitis?

Diagnosing Knee Bursitis

Knee bursitis describes a condition of irritation, inflammation, and swelling in one of the small, jelly-like sacs located around the knee. These sacs, called bursae, reduce friction and provide a cushion between bones of the knee and tendons or muscles that surround them. There are eleven of these sacs in each knee. Several can be seen in the illustration to the left.

Symptoms may vary, usually based on which individual bursa is affected and the cause of the inflammation. But typcally, you’re likely to experience some swelling, pain and lost range of motion and flexibility. Discomfort can occur whether the knee is in motion or at rest.

Knee bursitis occurs because of

* walking, running or jogging too long or too much,

* repeating the same motion too frequently, .

* kneeling for long periods of time, often as part of a work situation or profession,

* injury from direct, blunt force trauma, which often happens in sports competition or a vehicle accident,

* an infection of the bursa, sometimes caused by germs that enter through a puncture wound or even an insect bite.

* complications from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout or a number of other conditions that affect joints,

Additionally, individuals who are obese are more prone to knee bursitis because extra weight puts pressure on the knees.

Your doctor, of course, is your best source of information on knee bursitis.

I have a number of other videos related to bursitis and other knee problems. You’l find links to those videos above.
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