Knee Bursitis Pain Management Specialist Doctors NYC

At Manhattan Pain and Sports Associates you’ll get the knee pain diagnosis, pain management, and best possible medical care you need to reduce or eliminate your knee bursitis. Because when you’re in knee pain — whether it’s from a sport injury, accident, age, or ailment — you want relief. Appropriate and targeted treatment for your knee pain starts with a diagnosis from our doctors.

Knee Bursitis

Bursitis is the term used to describe inflammation of a bursa sac — and a bursa sac is a pocket of fluid found within your joints. Bursa sacs provide lubrication between the different parts of the joints. While a bursa sac prevents irritation and inflammation in the tendons and bones it protects, bursitis occurs when the bursa sac itself becomes irritated and inflamed.

Your knee contains 11 bursa sacs. If any of them are inflamed, it’s called knee bursitis. The condition usually affects the bursa sac on your kneecap or the one on the lower inside edge of your joint. If you have knee bursitis, your knee may be swollen and tender where the bursa sac is located. Knee bursitis can be a painful condition that gets worse when you walk or move around on it.

What Causes Knee Bursitis

There are many things that can cause knee bursitis, but the most common cause in NYC is often repeated stress to one knee — for example if you kneel on that knee regularly. Some other activities that can lead to knee bursitis include:

  • Jogging — in general, running is hard on your knees
  • Getting hit on your knee, especially if it occurs repeatedly
  • Playing a sport that causes you to fall or get hit on your knees, such as football, volleyball and dodge-ball
  • Being overweight, which adds stress to your knees while supporting your weight
  • Getting an infection in your bursa sac
  • Suffering from osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, conditions that weaken your bones and joints

If you work at a job that requires you to kneel frequently, such as plumbing or carpentry, take sensible precautions. When you go out to a job in NYC, bring a soft surface to kneel on. If you play a sport that may put you at risk for knee bursitis, wrap your knees for protection and try to avoid getting hit on the joint.

Find a Pain Management Specialist

At Manhattan Pain and Sports Associates we can ease the pain associated with knee bursitis. Most cases of knee bursitis heal with rest and time. Raise your knee and apply both ice and compression to reduce the swelling, but if your pain is bad enough, seek help. You don’t need to suffer.

A pain management doctor may suggest an oral pain medication or physical therapy, but if these treatments don’t bring relief, you can get an injection of a steroidal directly into your knee, which will ease the pain and reduce the swelling. Another treatment is aspiration, in which your doctor removes fluid from your knee to reduce the swelling. Surgery is only an option for chronic cases.

If your pain comes from an infected bursa sac, rest alone may not be enough. A fever may accompany an infection. Contact your pain management doctor immediately if you’re experiencing an elevated temperature with your knee pain.

Get the Knee Pain Relief You Need

Your NYC pain management doctor’s goal is to get you back to your normal routine with minimal downtime. After your diagnosis is confirmed, your doctor begins your knee pain treatment plan with the most conservative pain relief treatment. You’ll always receive non-invasive pain relief before your doctor turns to more invasive procedures like surgery.

Manhattan Pain and Sports Associates
51 East 25th St, 4th Floor, Ste B
New York, NY 10010
(212) 533-3954