Patellar bursitis

Patellar bursitis is the irritation of the bursa in the front of the knee, just below the kneecap. It is covered by the patellar tendon that connects the kneecap to the tibia.

Sports and activities that require the quadriceps muscles to be repeatedly contracted or stretched while running, hiking, or any other extended activity can cause irritation of the bursa and sometimes inflammation. Patellar bursitis may also occur as a result of trauma directly to the knee.

The bursa is a small fluid-filled sac. The bursa, located in the front of the knee below the kneecap, acts as a lubricant to reduce friction between the patellar tendon and the tibia.

Each person will react differently after an injury and recovery will depend on the severity of the injury. Patellar bursitis can produce, but is not limited to pain in the front of the knee, localized edema due to swelling of the bursa and reduced mobility in the knee. Symptoms are usually worse while running, walking on a sloping surface, climbing and descending stairs, and squatting.

Your rehabilitation plan, health profile, fitness level and nutritional status affect the recovery time. In most cases, you can expect a full recovery from patellar bursitis. As a general rule, this condition may take a few months to fully recover.

Class IV Laser is a large part of our treatments. It provides safe and effective, treatment for knee pain and injury. Patients generally respond well to treatments and should notice pain relief after a few treatments. Our treatments use the latest Class IV Lasers and as well as other therapies including myofascial release and acupuncture to help reduce the pain, strengthen the muscles and increase range of motion. Most importantly these treatments help reduce inflammation/swelling, which helps with increasing function, pain relief and speeding up a return to normal life. 

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