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Prepatellar Bursitis Causes & Treatment

Are you experiencing discomfort and swelling in the front of your knee? It could be prepatellar bursitis, also known as housemaid’s knee, carpet layer’s knee, or carpenter’s knee. At Holistiq Spine & Orthopaedic Clinic, we specialize in providing comprehensive care for knee bursitis, offering both in-person and virtual appointments to accommodate your needs. With our focus on minimally invasive procedures, anti-inflammatory nutrition, physical therapy, and medication management, we’re here to help you find relief and regain mobility.

Understanding Prepatellar Bursitis

Prepatellar bursitis occurs when the bursa in front of your kneecap becomes inflamed due to frequent irritation, damage, or infection. This small, fluid-filled sac acts as a cushion, preventing friction between your bones, muscles, tendons, and skin. However, when it becomes irritated, the bursa produces excess fluid, leading to swelling and pressure on the knee joint.

Causes and Risk Factors

Several factors can contribute to prepatellar bursitis, including:

  1. Frequent kneeling: Jobs or activities that involve kneeling, such as carpentry or gardening, can increase the risk of bursitis.
  2. Trauma: Direct impact or injury to the knee can cause acute prepatellar bursitis.
  3. Bacterial infection: Infections resulting from cuts, scratches, or insect bites can lead to infectious bursitis.
  4. Underlying conditions: Conditions like rheumatoid arthritis or gout can also predispose individuals to prepatellar bursitis.

Recognizing the Symptoms

The symptoms of prepatellar bursitis may vary depending on the severity and type of the condition. Common signs include swelling, limited range of motion, and pain in the affected knee. In cases of infection, additional symptoms such as fever and warmth may occur.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Our experienced healthcare providers can diagnose prepatellar bursitis through a physical examination and may recommend imaging tests such as X-rays or MRI scans for confirmation. Treatment options include:

  1. Rest and activity modification
  2. Ice therapy and elevation
  3. Anti-inflammatory medications
  4. Corticosteroid injections for inflammation
  5. Antibiotics for bacterial infections
  6. Surgical drainage in severe cases

Prevention and Outlook

Preventing prepatellar bursitis involves avoiding risk factors such as frequent kneeling and maintaining good hygiene to prevent infections. With prompt diagnosis and treatment, most cases of bursitis can be managed effectively, leading to a positive prognosis and improved quality of life.

When to Seek Help

If you experience symptoms of infection or if your symptoms persist despite home remedies, it’s essential to seek medical attention promptly. Our team at Holistiq Spine & Orthopaedic Clinic is here to provide personalized care and support every step of the way.

Take Control of Your Knee Health Today!

Don’t let prepatellar bursitis limit your mobility and comfort. Schedule an appointment with our team to explore our comprehensive treatment options and start your journey towards pain relief and recovery. We accept major health insurance plans and offer convenient in-person and virtual consultations to accommodate your needs. Call us today at (469) 444-7246 and take the first step towards a healthier, happier you!

**Disclaimer:** This webpage is for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace professional medical advice. Always consult with a healthcare provider before making any changes to your diet or treatment plan.

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