Pre-Patellar Bursitis

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Pre-Patellar Bursitis

 

INJURY OVERVIEW

Inflammation of one of the fluid sacs on the front of the knee.

 

INJURY IN-DEPTH INFORMATION

There are many of these fluid sac (bursa) in the knee.  There is a large one on the front of the knee cap.  If this experiences enough trauma either instantly or over time, it will swell up.  Pain and swelling in this structure can easily mimic other causes for pain at the front of the knee, and should always be cleared.

 

COMMON SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

  • Swelling over the front of the knee cap
  • Pain on palpation of the front of the knee cap
  • Increased pressure at the front of the knee (particularly when bending the knee)

 

HOW IS IT ASSESSED

  • Clinical examination to differ it from simple joint swelling, and to find any significant point tenderness.

 

 

 

GENERAL TREATMENT

  • Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation
  • Non Steroidal Anti inflammatory Drugs
  • If severe enough, injection therapy may be needed.  This will aspirate the fluid and injection of a cortico steroid and local pain killers.
  • If it continues to flare after these interventions, surgery may be needed to remove the bursa.

 

Exercise Videos: i.e.

  • Rotator cuff strengthening
  • Pec stretch
  • etc

 

WHICH HEALTH PROFESSIONAL TO CONSULT

PHYSIO     X

MEDIC     X

PODIATRY     

Put an ‘X’ next to each health professional that most commonly deals with this injury.

i.e. tennis elbow would be Physio and Medic as injections are common, whereas for muscular LBP it would be Physio and not Medic as they would just refer them to a Physio.

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