Knee bursitis: causes and natural remedies

Knee bursitis: causes and natural remedies

The knee bursitis it is an inflammatory pathology. It is a’inflammation involving the prepatellar serous bursa, which is located both anterior and distal to the patella.

This is a disorder also known as “Knee of the washerwoman“, As it was the washerwomen who suffered most in the past. This name derives from the habit of such women to spend long periods kneeling on hard surfaces, practice among the causes of borsite al knee.

Knee bursitis, the causes

In addition to the aforementioned practice of spending long periods of time kneeling on hard surfaces, there are others cause linked to the appearance of a bursitis in the knee.

Not to be underestimated as well as i blunt trauma may prove to be the triggers for knee bursitis. Like other occasions, this type of leg injury can also result from sporting activity.

Subjects most at risk

When it comes to subjects most at risk, in the viewfinder are mainly the contact sports For example:

Between possible causes also volleyball, due to frequent jumps and possible knee injuries, and artistic gymnastics. More generally, sportspeople are particularly exposed who stress this joint hard. Rarer forms of bursitis called “under-label“(Caused by a bone fragment in the small bag placed between the patellar tendon and the tibia) and the one linked to the after-effects of Osgood-Shattler disease.


Recognize such injury in relation to symptoms it can be quite complex, so it is more than ever recommended to go to your doctor or to an emergency room.

This is because the main symptomatology of knee bursitis is composed of pain e swelling on the knee. Common symptoms, which in this case tend to intensify when the knee joint is bent.

In addition to the difficulty in bending the joint, swelling above the patella it will also make normal walking difficult.


The above symptoms may not be enough for the person involved to recognize a knee bursitis and indicate with certainty the type of accident that occurred. However, the physician usually suffices an objective examination of the limb to reach a diagnosis.

Therefore, magnetic resonance is excluded radiography as strictly necessary diagnostic tests. However, based on the eventual trauma it is possible to resort to one or both of these tools (MRI and RX) to exclude complications O fractures.

How long can a bursitis last?

It is not always possible to predict with relative certainty how long a bursitis can last. This period of time varies according to the severity of the trauma that has occurred or the possible delay in remedying it.

The trauma contusive in some cases it can be resolved in about a week, provided that the part immediately cools down and then a compression bandage is used.

In general the bursitis can last as long as 30 or 40 days. Depending on the type of trauma and the patient’s response, this period can extend to a greater or lesser extent. Chronic or relapsing bursitis will have a variable duration depending on the subject and the current condition of the joint.


How a knee bursitis is treated

Once the type of injury has been recognized, it is time to address another issue: how to treat a knee bursitis. Similarly to what happens with muscle strain in the thigh, the RICE approach is also recommended in the case of blunt trauma bursitis. This treatment consists of the following phases:

  • Ice;
  • Compression bandage;
  • Rest;
  • Elevation.

After cooling the part to contain any liquid hemorrhage we move on to compression bandage. These phases will be followed by the limb rest and elevation, to facilitate the outflow of any liquids (including blood, if some vessels break) still present in the area.

Considering that as a result of the trauma with skin laceration it is possible that abacterial infection, your doctor may prescribe you to take a drug antibiotic. Strictly follow the instructions received, avoiding to modify in any way the frequency of intake or the dosage.

How to deflate a bursitis?

One of the most used methods for deflate a bursitis is to apply on the part of the ice. Applying ice packs for the two days (48 hours) following the onset of symptoms will help reduce swelling and speed up recovery times. Follow the above with a compression bandage.

Knee bursitis, natural remedies

In the treatment of knee bursitis, some can also be used natural remedies. These are solutions that can be used locally, mostly in the form of compresses.

Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is one of the natural remedies for knee bursitis. In addition to use in the kitchen, taking advantage of its content of magnesium, calcium and potassium, this liquid can be used for healing compresses.

Add 125 ml of apple cider vinegar to 8 grams of honey, possibly organic. Mix carefully and apply with a cotton cloth for 20 minutes, after which remove any residues with warm water.

Mint essential oil

Apply a few drops of mint essential oil on the painful area and gently massage in a circular direction. Alternatively you can use coconut or nutmeg oils.



Knee bursitis can also be treated with lo ginger. Just take about 6-7 grams of root, wrap it in gauze and leave it to soak in boiling water for two minutes.

Once removed from the water, wait for it to cool and then apply it on the painful part, so as to exploit the effect analgesic and that anti-inflammatory some ginger.


Knee bursitis can also be fought at the table, thanks to adiet rich in magnesium. Green light therefore to the consumption of bananas, nuts in shell, but also of lentils, oats and spinach.

How to prevent knee bursitis

Preventing knee bursitis is an action often linked to the application of certain precautions during sports activity. Avoiding trauma or protecting the knees are useful tools, as is using a pillow or other soft object to avoid long kneeling on a hard surface.

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