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Prepatellar Bursitis

What is Bursa?

A bursa is a small fluid-filled sac found between soft tissues and bones. It lubricates and acts as a cushion to decrease friction between bones when they move.

What is Prepatellar Bursitis?

Prepatellar Bursitis

Bursitis refers to the inflammation and swelling of the bursa. Inflammation of the bursa in front of the Prepatellar (patella) is known as Prepatellar bursitis or prepatellar bursitis.

Causes of Prepatellar Bursitis

Prepatellar bursitis is often caused due to

  • Pressure applied on the knees with constant kneeling
  • Conditions such as gout and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Direct blow to the Prepatellar while playing sports such as basketball, football, and wrestling
  • Infection

Symptoms of Prepatellar Bursitis

Symptoms of Prepatellar bursitis include pain and swelling in front of the knee. You may also experience tenderness, warmth, and redness on the front of the knee.

Diagnosis of Prepatellar Bursitis

Prepatellar bursitis is diagnosed by reviewing your medical history and performing a thorough physical examination. Fluid from your bursa may be removed for lab analysis. Your doctor may order imaging studies, such as X-rays, MRI and CT scans to rule out other problems.

Treatment of Prepatellar Bursitis

Prepatellar bursitis can be effectively treated with conservative therapy where your doctor advises sufficient rest, use of ice packs and elevation of the affected leg to reduce inflammation. Anti-inflammatory drugs may also be prescribed to alleviate pain and swelling, and antibiotics for infections. Sometimes the bursa may be aspirated with a thin needle to remove fluid and reduce swelling or corticosteroids may be injected at the region of the inflamed bursa to relieve pain. Surgery is performed only when conservative treatment is ineffective, which involves the surgical removal of the bursa.

  • Weill Cornell Medicine
  • NewYork-Presbyterian
  • Columbia
  • Harvard Orthopaedic Surgery
  • The Steadman Clinic
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • PennState College of Medicine
  • The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • NYU Stern School of Business
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • United States Ski Team Physician Logo
  • National Athletic Trainers Association
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • Texas Orthopedic Specialists
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America

Location & Directions

Jeffrey R. Jaglowski MD, MBA, MSc

450 W. Medical Center Blvd
Suite #600B
Webster, TX 77598