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Knee Bursitis Without Swelling
My dr told me I had knee bursitis 6 months ago but after the swelling went down I still feel pain constantly. How can I get rid of the knee pain?
Go back to your doc: The first step in fixing any problem is an accurate diagnosis. If the swelling has gone away but the pain is continueing it is time to go back to your doctor and get rechecked. This could be as simple as requiring more time to heal or you could have an additional problem such as chondromalacia (a roughening of the underside of the kneecap) or a joint/ tendon injury. ...Read more
Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more
I already use a gel and ibuprofen on knee bursitis, no help. No swelling just uncomfortable at times for nearly 2 weeks especially on standing. Why?
Muscles, not bursea: Travell, MD the matriarch of pain therapy noted pain pathology is in muscles not joints. She stated that any joint area stiffness, aching and tension was due to muscles not the joint proper. So her myofascial therapy protocols are designed to treat all types of "joint pain." begin a self-care self/pro massage, chiropractor, heat, epsom soaking, stretching. I use acupuncture! ...Read more
Might need surgery: First line treatments are relative rest (avoid any offending activities, for example kneeling on the inflamed bursa), ice, compression, and nsaids; if that has failed a corticosteroid injection can be tried; if lengthy nonop tx fails, the bursa can be surgically excised. See a knee specialist for eval and tx. Good luck! ...Read more
No change in knee bursitis, over 2 weeks. Still no pain. Cant afford to limit my activity anymore. I need this to get better. Help!
If you have not yet seen a doctor for this it might be the best thing
on the other hand if it is not painful you might consider just watching it and resuming activity as tolerated
good luck. ...Read more
How long will knee bursitis last if I stay off of it? Its not painful or infected, its already been a little over a week. I really want to go running!
Go slow!: Let pain be your guide. Assuming the current conservative treatment is working, slowly start increasing your activity - perhaps just walking, or jogging a short distance. Stop if you get even a "twinge" of pain. Then see how things feel for the next day or so. If there are no signs of aggravating the injury (swelling or pain returns or worsens), then you can try again for a longer distance. ...Read more
Is itching during bursitis flare up common? I was diagnosed with knee bursitis but have had shoulder and elbow bursitis since, all presented with itching.
Do I have knee bursitis? Knee is very swollen, tender near the front, feels warm & very difficult to bend. It hit the edge of a bathtub last summer.
It is possible: There 4 types of knee bursitis- suprapatellar, prepatellar, infrapatellar and pes anserine. Bursitis may be due to trauma, infection or inflammation. You may experience pain, swelling, tenderness and feel a lump on top of your knee cap plus may have difficulty bending/kneeling. Given the possibility of infection and need to rule out alternative possibilities, I recommend seeing a physician asap. ...Read more
How can I treat knee bursitis at home? I think is due to friction in the joint and can at times hurt on moving. Have had 2 weeks now on and off.
How often is too often for laser therapy? I am treating my chronic knee bursitis and the clinic asks me to go every 3 days. Is that a good interval?
Laser?: I have never heard of it unless ur seeing a chiropractor. ...Read more
Can knee bursitis cause a lump in the thigh just above knee? Waiting for xray to verify. Lump is painless, feels deep in muscle, very mild ache in knee.
Fell on knee 2 months ago. Bad bruise healed but still painful to kneel. No swelling. Bursitis? Chipped bone? See a doctor? Wait for healing? Treatment?
Ortho evaluation: Symptoms persisting for two months require expert evaluation with radiographic and perhaps mr exams. History and physical exam by orthopedic doctor necessary to determine problem and course of therapy ...Read more
I have trochanteric bursitis in my hip. I also have a very tender indented spot 6-8 inches down my leg. No injury/trauma or redness/swelling concern?
A more important?: The more important question is why is it swelling randomly. Get the diagnosis right and the treatment usually becomes clear. ...Read more
As often as you like: Should keep in one position for no more than 20 minutes. This can be repeated as often as you like during the day. ...Read more
Possibly gout.: Gout usually presents with swelling of the great toe, but it can occur in other joints as well, like the knee. It is really painful, and has swelling, and can have fever. This comes at times and can last days to weeks. Many other things can cause knee swelling, and a visit to the doctor for aspiration of the joint is a good first step to rule out things like septic arthritis. ...Read more
Depends: Knee swelling is a symptom of something wrong inside the knee. A cartilage tear, a ligament tear, gout or other inflammatory processes or even just osteoarthritis can be the cause of the swelling. It is important to figure out the source. A physician trained in orthopedics or sports medicine can do this by your history and then doing an exam and sometimes draining the knee or doing some bloodwork. ...Read more
Ice, rest, NSAIDs: Most swollen, painful joints are due to overuse, arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, etc. These can usually be treated with rest, ice, and anti-inflammatory medicines like Motrin or aleve (naproxen). Sometimes drainage and injections can also help. If the joint swells rapidly or is red, hot, or extremely tender, see your doctor as this could be something more serious like an infection or gout. ...Read more
Commonly a cyst:
This can be from many things but if you have an internal knee problem like a meniscus tear or wear on your cartilage, you joint can make extra fluid and this can escape out the back of the knee joint and create a space filled with joint fluid called a poplital (or baker's) cyst.
Get evaluated by your doctor first and get a diagnosis. ...Read more
Depends....: There are medications or other modalities which are used in managing swelling around the knee. Medications such as Ibuprofen or naprosyn (naproxen) are useful, but you should be aware of the potential side effects of these medications, particularly for extended use. Ice is often your best friend when suffering from swelling around the knee. The best treatment is to treat the cause of the swelling. ...Read more
It may: Swelling in a leg can be commonly seen from knee related problems, with or without injuries and medical causes such as poor circulation, inflammation, and constriction from a brace or cast. However, sometimes you can get a clot in your leg that can cause swelling in the calf. Go to er immediately to rule out a clot as this can be be fatal if left untreated. ...Read more
The etiologies may: Be the same or independent of each other. A thorough orthopedic exam seems like a good idea. The knee could be arthritic, you may have a meniscus tear etc, then due the injury the ankle is bearing more weight and causing the ankle to swell. Or, the ankle can have its own set of problems. ...Read more