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What is bursitis of the knee, and how is it treated?

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As a result of trauma, infection, or crystalline deposits, the various bursae of the knee may become inflamed.

Acute or chronic trauma causes a painful and often swollen knee from the inflammation of the bursae. A particularly common bursitis is prepatellar bursitis. This type of bursitis occurs in people who work on their knees. It is often referred to as housemaid’s knee or carpet layer’s knee. Another type of bursitis is anserine bursitis. The anserine bursa is located about two inches below the knee along the medial side of the knee. More commonly occurring in the overweight and in women, but also affecting athletes and others, anserine bursitis often causes pain in the region of the bursa and is often worse with bending the knee or at night with sleep.

Treatment will usually include home care with PRICE (protect, rest, ice, compress, elevation) therapy and NSAIDs. Severe forms, however, can be treated with periodic steroid injections to the bursae.

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