Knee tendonitis and bursitis symptoms
The most common symptoms of knee bursitis and tendonitis are:
Knee tendonitis and bursitis diagnosis
The experienced joint specialists at The Christ Hospital Health Network begin diagnosis with a comprehensive medical history and physical exam. They carefully listen as you detail the symptoms you are having and develop an individualized plan of action to diagnose and treat your specific issue.
Diagnostic tests may include:
Aspiration—a procedure that uses a needle and syringe to remove fluid from the space around a joint.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)— uses a magnet, radio frequencies and computer to produce detailed pictures of organs and structures inside your body.
Ultrasonography—an imaging test that uses high-frequency sound waves to create a picture of the inside of the knee.
X-ray—invisible electromagnetic energy beams that make images of your bones and their surrounding soft tissues.
Knee tendonitis and bursitis treatment
At The Christ Hospital, we focus on non-invasive treatments that reduce pain and let you get back to your life as quickly as possible. The first step is discontinuing, at least temporarily, the movement or activity that is causing the problem.
Often, the RICE method can provide relief:
If additional treatment is needed, it may include:
Antibiotics—your physician may prescribe an antibiotic for bursitis that is caused by an infection.
Cortisone injections—an anti-inflammatory steroid is injected into the knee joint to reduce inflammation and pain.
Anti-inflammatory medication—medications that reduce inflammation, which often helps to relieve pain.
Surgery—in some cases, surgery may be needed to treat severe injuries that cause tendonitis or to drain an inflamed bursa.
At The Christ Hospital Health Network, we have the experience and skill it takes to treat tendonitis and bursitis of the knee so you can get back to your favorite activities.
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