Knee Tendon Bursitis is a condition affecting the Pes anserinus (goose’s
foot) bursa, a small fluid filled sac located between the tibia and tendons
of the hamstring muscles, sartorius, gracilis and semitendinosus. The
condition occurs as a result of inflammation of the bursa, causing it
to produce too much fluid and swell which, in turn puts pressure on the
adjacent structures within the knee joint. People who are obese, aged
50 to 80 years or involved in high impact sports activities are more likely
to suffer from Knee Tendon Bursitis.
- Repetitive knee movements
- Improper sports training, such as lack of warm up exercises, excessive
uphill running or sudden increase in running distances
- Direct blow to the knee
- Tight hamstring muscles
- Medical conditions, such as Osteoarthritis, Knee Cartilage Tear or Flat Feet
- Sudden twisting of the leg with the foot planted on the ground
- A forceful out turn of the knee or lower leg
Gradually developing pain on the inner side of the knee, a few inches below the joint
- Restricted range of motion
- Pain may increase with exercise, climbing stairs or other physical activity
- Difficulty bending or straightening the leg
- Tenderness to touch
orthopedic doctor may physically examine the knee and assess the range of motion. He may
gently press the inner side of the knee to determine the severity of pain.
As the symptoms of Knee Tendon Bursitis are similar to those of a stress
fracture, an X-ray may be conducted for a proper diagnosis and rule out
damage to other parts of the knee joint.
Rest: The patient may be advised to take rest and avoid putting stress on the
affected knee. Refraining from strenuous physical activities may also
Ice Pack: Applying ice packs to the affected area after every few hours or as suggested
by the orthopedic doctor may help to relieve pain.
Medication: The doctor may prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications
to reduce inflammation.
Physical Therapy: It may help to stretch and improve the flexibility of the hamstring muscles.
The physical therapist may also suggest exercises to restore normal movement
in the knee and leg.
Surgery: The orthopedic doctor may perform aspiration (draining the fluid out
of the bursa) or remove the bursa if there is severe infection.
We, at OrthoTexas, provide diagnosis and
treatment for Knee Tendon Bursitis and other orthopedic conditions. To schedule an appointment with our knee
specialists in Carrolton, TX, call at
(972) 492 – 1334 or visit 4780 North Josey Lane, Carrollton, TX 75010.