Knee Bursitis - Treatments

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How is prepatellar bursitis of the knee treated?

The treatment of any bursitis depends on whether or not it involves infection. Aseptic prepatellar bursitis can be treated with ice compresses, rest, and anti-inflammatory and pain medications. Occasionally, it requires aspiration of the bursa fluid. This procedure involves removal of the fluid with a needle and syringe under sterile conditions and can be performed in the doctor's office. Sometimes the fluid is sent to the laboratory for further analysis. Noninfectious knee bursitis can also be treated with an injection of cortisone medication into the swollen bursa. This is sometimes done at the same time as the aspiration procedure.

Septic bursitis requires even further evaluation and treatment. The bursal fluid can be examined in the laboratory to identify the microbes causing the infection. It requires antibiotic therapy, often intravenously. Repeated aspiration of the inflamed fluid may be required. Surgical drainage and removal of the infected bursa sac (bursectomy) may also be necessary.

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Comment from: hankscout, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 27

First I had the knee drained of yellow fluid and then received a cortisone shot directly. It's been about 11 hours and I am feeling better as time goes by, so far.

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Comment from: shalom4u, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 10

Try taking a mild water pill to relieve the pain. Most of the time it is due to water retention.

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