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Have DX's with bursitis in both knees. Can it spread to other parts of the body? Neck? Elbows? Thanks-

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends

If the knee bursitis is due to a local cause, e.
g. overuse or abuse of the knee, then bursitis should not spread to other joints. If the bursitis is a manifestation of a systemic disorders, e.g. autoimmune arthritis, then it could affect other joints. It would be prudent to consult a rheumatologist.

In brief: Depends

If the knee bursitis is due to a local cause, e.
g. overuse or abuse of the knee, then bursitis should not spread to other joints. If the bursitis is a manifestation of a systemic disorders, e.g. autoimmune arthritis, then it could affect other joints. It would be prudent to consult a rheumatologist.
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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: No

No, it is not like that.
You can develop a bursitis in more than one area, as you have with both of your knees, but it is not because one bursitis spread to another area. Just like you can break your arm and break your leg, but it is not because one break "spread" to the other.

In brief: No

No, it is not like that.
You can develop a bursitis in more than one area, as you have with both of your knees, but it is not because one bursitis spread to another area. Just like you can break your arm and break your leg, but it is not because one break "spread" to the other.
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Dr. Lori Lange
Family Medicine

In brief: Depends

It depends what is causing the Bursitis.
If it is due to Arthritis a Rhematologist could help. If due to structural knee derangement an Orthopedic physician may be useful for knee injection. Family practitioners could prescribe an anti inflammatory med.
Best to get a checkup or referral to Rheumatology , or Orthopedics for further workup or repeat visit . It usually does not spread

In brief: Depends

It depends what is causing the Bursitis.
If it is due to Arthritis a Rhematologist could help. If due to structural knee derangement an Orthopedic physician may be useful for knee injection. Family practitioners could prescribe an anti inflammatory med.
Best to get a checkup or referral to Rheumatology , or Orthopedics for further workup or repeat visit . It usually does not spread
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