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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?

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

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Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

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


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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?

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?

Bursitis for sure?: Are we certain that bursitis is the only possible answer? If you have had 2 weeks of continued pain despite attempts to treat (nsaid gel), this is something the prescribinf md needs to know about. ...Read more

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How can you heal chronic knee bursitis?

How can  you heal chronic knee bursitis?

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

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I had knee bursitis for about an year. Please tell me how do you heal chronic knee bursitis?

I had knee bursitis for about an year. Please tell me how do you heal chronic knee bursitis?

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

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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!

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

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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

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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.

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

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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 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.

Rest: Bursitis is usually on overuse condition. Rest, ice, and use of a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory (advil, alleve, etc) usually helps. If there is true swelling, it is best to see an orthopaedist. ...Read more

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How long can the swelling caused by bursitis of the knee normally take to go down?

Knee bursitis: This depends on the cause and the severity of the bursitis. If the cause can be haulted then swelling can start to decrease slowly over weeks to months. If the activity causing the bursitis is continued then the swelling may be persistant. ...Read more

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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Bursitis (Definition)

Inflammation of the bursa, a fluid-filled sac that acts as a cushion between ...Read more