Knee Bursitis Treatment and Home Remedies

Depending on which part of the knee is involved (which bursa is inflamed), and the cause of the inflammation, your doctor may decide to use the following approaches of treatment/management of knee bursitis.

Medications for treatment of knee bursitis:

If your knee bursitis is due to infection, your doctor will prescribe appropriate antibiotic course. Sometimes, your doctor may decide to do antibiotic sensitivity test to pinpoint the correct antibiotic required.

Surgery and other approaches for treatment of knee bursitis:

  • If other conservative methods of treatment fail to cure knee bursitis, your doctor may decide to use surgical approach and remove the inflamed bursa.
  • Aspiration: your doctor may decide to aspirate the excess fluid that may be causing swelling and inflammation of the affected bursa, using a fine needle. Aspiration may lead to short term pain and swelling, for which you may require to wear knee immobilizer for short duration to prevent recurrence.
  • Corticosteroid injection: your doctor may decide to inject corticosteroid directly into the bursa using a very fine needle and syringe. This is usually done in case of persistent or chronic knee bursitis. Corticosteroid injection reduces inflammation that cause pain and swelling to go away. However, you may experience pain and swelling due to injection itself for few days.

Physiotherapy for treatment of knee bursitis:

Your doctor may recommend to get help of a physical therapist, sports medicine specialist etc. to help you improve flexibility and strengthen muscles that are used in knee joint movements. This is especially useful for preventing recurrence of knee bursitis.

Home remedies for knee bursitis:

  • Rest is very important for proper healing of knee bursitis. You should at least stop doing knee movements that worsen the symptoms of knee bursitis, if you cannot totally rest.
  • Apply ice packs for 20 minutes at a time, several times a day. This reduces pain. Do it until your pain go away. However, do not apply ice pack for more than 20 minutes at a time to prevent cold injury to your knee.
  • Elevate your knee during rest (and sleep). This help reduce swelling of knee.
  • Apply compressive wrap around your knee. It should not be too tight to interfere circulation and it should not be too loose. This help in reducing swelling.

How to prevent knee bursitis?

It is not possible to prevent knee bursitis completely. However, following measures can help to avoid knee bursitis and in avoiding recurrence of knee bursitis.

  • If your job involves using knees (such as kneeling) or if you participate various sports that uses knee excessively, always wear kneepads. Kneepads help to prevent knee injury by acting as cushion and help prevent knee bursitis.
  • Avoid excessive squatting or repetitive bending that put pressure on your knees.
  • If your work requires use of knee joints or if you are into some sports that require to use knee joints excessively, it is best to take regular breaks from the job to prevent knee bursitis. During breaks do stretching exercise for your knees and legs.


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