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How did I get bursitis in my knee and how can I get rid of it? I am a 31 year old woman.

Jennie Mison (Philadelphia, PA) on Mar 23, 2012
Bursitis is the inflammation of a bursa sac (fluid filled cushion pad - like a gel insert for your shoes) in or around your joints. It is there to provide cushioning, shock absorption and help to eliminate friction that would otherwise occur where the two parts of the joint meet each other. The inflammation of that bursa is usually a result of constant irritation at the site from any number of things, including poor body mechanics. Ice, rest and *non-steroidal anti-inflammatories are recommended to help eliminate the condition. A good massage therapist should be able to identify muscle strength imbalances or shortening of muscle group lengths that may be contributing to the unbalanced traction on the knee joint. (This tension helps to create the bursitis). Massaging the knee in isolation will not be effective. *Over the counter anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve), and aspirin.
Michael Moy (Willowbrook, IL) on Mar 23, 2012
Bursitis can be caused by injuries such as sprains as well as sitting with knees bent for long period of time. Use massage and acupuncture to promote circulation and ease pain.
Jagdish Jindal (Houston, TX) on Mar 23, 2012
Try light massage and ice packs. Homeopathic treatment may work as well.
Nicole Scruggs (Detroit, MI) on Mar 23, 2012
Bursitis is inflammation of the fluid-filled sac (bursa) that lies between a tendon and skin, or between a tendon and bone. The condition may be acute or chronic. You get it from overuse and weakness in that area. Bursitis can go away with proper nutrition and therapy(massage). Stop eating things that will leach calcium from your blood. See an herbalist or naturopath to discuss proper nutrition. (I am both.)
Aram Akopyan (Glendale, CA) on Mar 23, 2012
Busitis is an inflammation of the bursa (padding) in the knee joint. Many causes for this including injury, autoimmune conditions, overuse, and even dietary causes. Non-pharmaceutical approaches to treatment includes physical therapy and acupuncture. A combination of Chinese herbs and glucosamine can also help reduce the inflammation and act as a preventative against future outbreaks.
Joseph McCoy (Muenster, TX) on Mar 23, 2012
Find someone that does myoskeletal alignment technique or Rolfing.
Bharat Kalra (Wheaton, IL) on Mar 23, 2012
Try an ice pack or a cold laser.
Peter Proto (Meriden, CT) on Mar 23, 2012
Massage and icing should help.
Vanessa McKay (Orangeburg, NY) on Mar 23, 2012
Bursitis is an inflammation of the bursa sac that lays under the tendons and ligaments to provide cushion. This can be caused by several factors, including overuse and injury. Acupuncture and massage can help with the inflammation and pain. Using a heating pad prior to exercise will help too.
Christine Gross (Grand Rapids, MI) on Mar 23, 2012
The most common way of getting bursitis is simply wear and tear on the joint. Usually the wear and tear is caused by activities and poor body mechanics, You can relieve it by massage and physical therapy. Heat helps too.
Franklin Antoian (Delray Beach, FL) on Mar 23, 2012
Please see a doctor for any injury, including bursitis, in your knee.
Brian Wah (Herndon, VA) on Mar 23, 2012
To regain harmony in your knee and body as a whole you could do Tai Chi or get Shiatsu or acupuncture.
Carin Piacente (Putnam Valley, NY) on Mar 23, 2012
Bursitis is a your body's protective mechanism. Have you recently increased your workouts? Bursitis usually occurs due to friction. Ice and omega 3 helps with the inflammatory response.
Sal Anzalone (East Patchogue, NY) on Mar 23, 2012
Your age has nothing to do with it. You injured your knee somehow. The bursa is the layer of fluid that surrounds our major joints. When an injury occurs, the body tells the bursa sack to increase its fluid to protect the injured area. This can cause swelling and pain. Massage can reduce the swelling and increase fluid flow.
Mark Carlson (Costa Mesa, CA) on Mar 23, 2012
You got bursitis from too much trauma or overworking the knee Get an MRI to find out for sure what is wrong with your knee before you have a therapist work on it for you.
Paula Reeder (Katy, TX) on Mar 23, 2012
Have you been assessed for orthotics (stabilizers), and leg length discrepancy?
Bill Ross (Littleton, CO) on Mar 23, 2012
Bursitis is caused by excessive pressure on the bursa, which is located directly behind the patella. Basically, the hamstrings and calf muscles are too tight. To help heal the bursitis, you need to add leg stretches into your daily routine. Perform hamstring, quad, groin and calf stretches twice a day. Hold each stretch for a minimum of 30 seconds and no longer then 60 seconds. You should start to feel less pain within days.
Michael Julien (Solana Beach, CA) on Mar 23, 2012
It is difficult how to know how you ended up with bursitis without knowing understanding your health background. Bursitis can be caused by repetitive stress on the tendons that surround the bursa. Runners and other athletes that engage in long periods of running can get bursitis. There may also be a nutritional cause. Acupuncture can be very effective in reducing bursitis symptoms. There are also topical liniments that can help reduce the inflammation.
Kimberly Hellyar (Saint Louis, MO) on Mar 23, 2012
Often when you are doing a new exercise or you have recently increased your intensity suddenly and caused over use to a tendon it causes inflammation. Bursitis is an inflammation of the bursa sac due to acute trauma, repetitive stress, muscle imbalance, or muscle tightness on top of the bursa. Try the PRICE method (protection, rest, ice, compression, elevation.) If the pain does not go away after 72 hours, you should seek medical attention.
James Weaver (Milford, CT) on Mar 23, 2012
The bursae are small fluid-filled sacs that help cushion your joints. There are over 150 of bursae throughout your body. Bursitis is the inflammation of bursae sacs due to strenuous activities. Some things that may be helpful is taking an anti-inflammatory drug like Advil, Motrin or Aleve, icing the area, and deep heat therapy. Bursitis is most common in adults over 40. Since you are 31, heck with your doctor first to rule out other conditions.
Charles Bell (Knoxville, TN) on Mar 23, 2012
Bursitis occurs in the knee because of chronic trauma, such as kneeling or constant movement of the region, or because of a traumatic injury to the knee. This bursitis makes the knee swell and ,may lead to arthritis, osteoarthritis, and other conditions if not treated. The best way to treat bursitis is using the PRICE method. This means: Protection: Protect the region with padding or bandages Rest: Rest the area or do exercises that don't aggravate the region Ice: Apply ice to the region for 10 minutes, twice a day Compression: Compress area with ACE bandage Elevation: Elevate region above the heart for blood flow A physician may recommend medication to go with this treatment. Medication can include aspirin or ibuprofen. If the pain continues, surgery is a possibility.
Josee Knecht (Memphis, TN) on Mar 23, 2012
I'm sorry to hear about your knee! Bursitis can be treated with antibiotics and/or drained depending on the underlying condition. Often after my clients have had bursitis issues, they deal with muscle atrophy. I'd go see a doctor to find out what your underlying condition is, get treatment and then combine massage therapy with a strength training program specifically for your knee joints. The key thing is to keep that joint strong and use massage to help deal with the pain as you rehab. Good luck and take care!
Julie LaFrano (Breckenridge, CO) on Mar 23, 2012
I would go get some bodywork and have the therapist check the SI joints (sacroiliac joints) and the joint of the tibia and fibula in lower leg. There is a good chance that those joints are stuck (not moving freely) because of hypertonic tissue. This could be causing pressure in the knee. Have a therapist determine which side is tighter and work to loosen this joint. You can also work them at home by rolling around on a tennis ball.
Thomas Terrell (Miami, FL) on Mar 23, 2012
How you got the condition depends on many factors. It could be your training style and frequency, movement patterns, genetics, nutrition, and so on. When the bursa in a joint becomes inflamed or wears thin, the pain starts. Rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medication, and joint supports are all means to help relieve symptoms. If these techniques do not get rid of your symptoms, seek the advice of your doctor or physical therapist.
Meg Richichi (New York, NY) on Mar 23, 2012
There are a variety of factors involved when addressing knee pain. It could stem from foot pronation, for example. The thigh muscles could be weak or tight, placing stress on the knee cap. The sacral-illiac joint comes into play quite frequently. I have great success in treating bursitis because I don't compartmentalize the knee from the body. Again, there can be a variety of factors. It's never a cookie cutter recipe when treating joint issues. The good news is that clients will experience relief within just a few session of acupuncture.
Deborah Gilmore (Golden, CO) on Mar 23, 2012
Bursitis is an inflammation of the bursa sac, which prevents the tendon from rubbing against the bone and fraying. It provides synovial fluid to lubricate the tendons and joints. Ice and painful arc therapy would be best for bursitis.
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