Knee Bursitis Treatment From Orthopaedic Experts in the DeKalb, IL, Area
Bursitis treatment for knee pain is available to residents of DeKalb, Illinois, and surrounding communities from the board-certified, fellowship-trained knee specialists at Midwest Orthopaedic Institute. We offer comprehensive services for competitive athletes, weekend warriors, active seniors, and everyone in between. Whether your knee bursitis has resulted from a dedicated marathon training program, longstanding passion for tennis, or recent bout of rheumatoid arthritis, our highly skilled team of orthopaedic specialists can help. Our physicians have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating all types of injuries and conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system.
A painful condition that sometimes limits mobility, bursitis of the knee results from the inflammation of a bursa. These small, fluid-filled sacs serve as cushions and reduce friction between the bones that meet in a joint. Each knee has 11 bursae, any of which can become inflamed due to repetitive activity, trauma, or infection.
After a diagnosis is confirmed, treatment for knee bursitis usually includes a combination of home care and physician-administered therapies designed to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain. For instance, in addition to rest, ice packs, compression, and elevation (“RICE”), the experts at Midwest Orthopaedic Institute in DeKalb, IL, might recommend one or more of the following treatment options for bursitis of the knee:
- Physical therapy
- Corticosteroid injections
- Aspiration (the drainage of excess fluid from an inflamed bursa)
- Surgical removal of an affected bursa
In general, we view surgery as a last resort treatment for knee bursitis, usually recommending it only to address very severe, chronic pain that does not respond to conservative treatments. Regardless of the treatment approach used, though, it’s important to protect the affected knee to aid in the healing process and help prevent further injuries. Our sports medicine physicians can provide personalized advice with regard to knee pads, proper footwear, and other measures that are suitable for specific activities. It is also very important to strengthen the knee muscles, warm up before strenuous activities, and periodically vary movement.
At Midwest Orthopaedic Institute, we’ve worked hard to establish a highly focused, subspecialty orthopaedic practice. This means that we are able to provide our patients with a level of care that is usually available only from major university hospitals. If you’d like to learn more about treatment options for knee bursitis, contact us to schedule an appointment.