What is Prepatellar Bursitis in the Kneecaps
How to Use Superior Home Treatments to
Heal & Relieve Pain from Knee Bursitis Injuries!
You might be suffering from Prepatellar Bursitis if:
- You have sharp pain right over your kneecap.
- You have increased pain when doing anything exercising or even climbing a set of stairs.
- Your sleep has been interrupted rolling over causes point pressure and more pain in the knee.
- You have weakness in your knee and leg from the pain.
- You can see your knee is warm, red and swelling on your kneecap.
If any of those statements are true for you or you're suffering from on-going pain on the inside of your knee then you might have an injury called Prepatellar knee bursitis.
Many people don't know that Prepatellar knee bursitis is a very real injury affecting the bursa sac in your knee. This form of knee bursitis; can happen to anyone often caused by acute trama to the knee. A re-occuring injury to the bursa, repetitive pressure to on the knee bursa as part of your job; crawling, scrubbing floors, kneeling on the knees; as in carpet laying.
Fortunately for you, professional athletes have had access to state of the art treatment therapies for years that allow them to heal more quickly and completely than you or I. This is why athletes that have a serious knee infrapatellar bursitis injury can often get back in the game in a matter of weeks while you could suffer for months or even years (in chronic cases).
With some breakthrough products we have engineered, professional treatment is now available to anyone who needs it.
What You Need to Treat Your Bursitis Injury:
- A Professional Cold Compression Freezie Wrap® to reduce inflammation of the muscle tissue (as soon as possible).
- A Deep Tissue Therapeutic Inferno Wrap® to increase Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™to the injured soft tissue (BFST®).
- A Professional, Minimal Impact Stretching Device, known as the Knee-Flex® to prevent muscle atrophy and gently allow stretching of your affected leg muscles (hip, thigh, quadriceps, hamstring, groin, calf, shins, politeus, IT band, etc).
What is Prepatellar Bursitis of the kneecap?
Prepatellar bursitis (also referred to as patellar bursitis) is a painful condition affecting the front of the kneecap (patella). The prepatellar bursa is usually very thin and serves as a cushion between the patella and your skin, protecting your kneecap and the soft tissue that holds it is place.
Prepatellar bursitis causes knee pain at the front of the knee due to the bursa sac becoming irritated and inflamed. This bursa is just one of many bursae (plural for bursa) in your body. Bursae are sacs of synovial fluid that are rich in protein and collagen. They are located in areas where a bone and tendon, or a bone and muscle, rub together during movement.
When pressure or friction is too great, excess fluid can build up in the bursa sac and/or the lining of the sac can thicken, causing inflammation. When a bursa becomes inflamed, moving your knee becomes very painful and movement can be difficult. Any actions that put pressure on the inflamed prepatellar bursa can increase irritation and cause further inflammation and pain.
The prepatellar bursa is commonly affected by bursitis due to repetitive pressure on the kneecap during frequent kneeling. Prepatellar bursitis is also known as Clergyman's Knee, Carpet Layer's Knee, or Housemaid's Knee due to the nature of their work requiring kneeling for long periods of time. Once injured, fluid and/or blood is allowed to enter into the bursa and inflammation will increase overtime. When this happens, the bursa sac walls may thicken and form scar tissue or calcium may collect in the bursa.
If you are experiencing a significant amount of swelling or pain, it is possible that you have a broken or chipped patella. In this case, your doctor may recommend an x-ray to examine this further.
What causes Prepatellar Bursitis?
Repetitive pressure on the prepatellar bursa is the main cause of prepatellar bursitis. Although the bursae in your knee function as cushions to protect the tendons and other soft tissue, frequent kneeling during your work or activities often creates more stress than the bursa can handle. Kneeling on hard surfaces, knee pads are recommended to treat or prevent prepatellar bursitis. Without exercise or activity, muscles weaken and you begin to lack the proper muscle support. This can cause excess load on the knees and hips or your weight may be distributed unevenly within your knee. This added extra stress on some areas compared to others leading to abnormal wear and tear.
If you are overweight, the knee joints have to work harder to carry a greater load causing more stress on the knees. Excessive friction, or rubbing, on the prepatella bursa can aggravate it over time. If your work or exercise routine requires frequent climbing, running, jumping, or hiking you may be at higher risk of prepatella bursitis. This risk increases if there is anything that many cause abnormal wear and tear within the joint.
A direct blow to the prepatella bursa during athletics or when falling on the knee can result in bursitis. In such cases, blood may leak into the bursa causing irritation, inflammation, swelling and pain.
The closer the bursa is to the surface of the skin, the more likely the chance of infection from specific bacteria that are commonly found on the surface of the skin. This bacterial infection is known as septic bursitis and common bacteria that create this infection are known as Staphylococcus Epidermis (or Staphylococcus Aureus).
This bacteria can affect the bursa if the knee is cut or scraped, allowing it to get under the skin. Septic Bursitis occurs most commonly in men (85% of all cases occur in men).
If you suffer from osteoarthritis in your knees, as your knees experience wear and tear there is a release of destructive enzymes. These enzymes break down the cartilage to the point where the bones of the knee joint rub together and develop sclerosis (a hardening of tissue) as well as tiny fractures, cysts and bone spurs. The excess wear and tear can cause abnormal pressure on the bursa leading to irritation and inflammation.
What are the symptoms of Prepatellar Bursitis?
You will experience knee pain and tenderness just below and over top of the kneecap. The pain may radiate up your inner knee and thigh and/or down to your mid-calf. Those who suffer from prepateller bursitis complain of increased pain when crossing their legs or when rising after sitting for several hours. Due to the location of the bursa, pain makes kneeling difficult.
Bursitis pain becomes worse during exercise or when you are climbing stairs, but can also increase by simply bending and straightening your knee. Pain usually starts gradually and develops over a few days or even months.
You may suffering from knee bursitis may also have interrupted sleep. Simply bending your knee or rolling over during sleep can cause pressure on the inflamed bursa, increasing your pain. The pain can range from mild to very sharp depending on the amount of inflammation in your knee. Many knee bursitis sufferers recommend placing a pillow between your knees/thighs while you sleep to reduce pain throughout the night.
Regular knee movements can be painful which limits your range of motion. If bursitis is left untreated the inflammation can increase, causing more pain, limiting movement even more and eventually weakness in the leg muscles and tendons can set in. As you lose strength in your quadriceps, your legs may begin to give out during daily activities.
You may experience swelling at the front of the knee and often appears as an abscess on the kneecap. This swelling may appear right following trauma, over a couple of hours, or gradually over time as the bursa becomes more irritated.
You may also notice warmth and visible redness on your skin in the area as inflammation in the bursa and along the tendons becomes more severe.
It is important to treat bursitis in the early stages to reduce these symptoms, minimize tissue damage, maintain motion, and strength in your knee. Eliminate any squatting, repetitive knee bending, crossing your legs, kneeling, or any other activities that add pressure on your bursa. By treating your knee bursitis in the early stages with Cold Therapy and Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™, you are more likely to prevent long-term damage and chronic conditions from setting in.
How Do I Diagnose Prepatellar Bursitis?
When you are experiencing knee pain, a visit to the doctor is always recommended, as there are many conditions that can cause knee pain such as a meniscus tear, an ACL sprain, patellar or quadriceps tendinitis, a fracture, and yes knee bursitis. Getting a proper diagnosis is important so you can treat your condition correctly.
To begin with, your doctor will gather a medical history about you and your current condition and symptoms. He/she will ask about the amount pain you are having with your knee. How long you have had your symptoms and if you are have range of motion loss with you leg and knee. Details about what caused the pain in the knee, when it started, and whether or not you have ever had treatments for this or a similar condition in the past, are very helpful in assessing your injury.
A physical examination will be performed to determine if you have any signs of knee bursitis or other knee injury. He/she will visually assess and palpate (feel) the bones and soft tissue in both your knees to evaluate any differences between the two of them. This will identify any abnormalities, such as swelling, bone deformities, atrophied muscles, redness and/or warmth on the skin. In many cases, the first sign that you have knee bursitis is swelling at the joint.
If a soft tissue injury is suspected, an MRI will likely be done to view where and how extensive the damage is. An x-ray may be recommended to rule out a bone spur or other foreign body as the cause of your knee pain.
As the bursae in the knee are close to the surface of the skin, they are more susceptible to septic, or infectious, bursitis caused by a cut or scrape on the knee. Septic bursitis requires antibiotics to get rid of the infection. Your doctor will be able to determine whether there is an infection or not by drawing a small sample of the bursa fluid with a needle.
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How Do I Treat Prepatellar Bursitis -
What You Can Do!
The good news is that most cases of Prepatellar Bursitis will heal with simple home conservative treatments and surgery is often not needed!
Relieving the pain of your sore knee and the symptoms of bursitis initially focuses on keeping the pressure off the bursa. If your bursitis is caused by an infection (septic bursitis), the doctor will drain the bursa sac with a needle and prescribe antibiotics to treat the infection. For non-infectious bursitis, the preliminary treatment starts with conservative treatments.
Some conservative treatment methods recommended include:
- Rest - This is important for initial healing because without an correct amount of rest you are at risk for increased inflammation, pain and re-injury of your meniscus.
- Apply Effective Cold Compression
Effective Cold Compression = Treatment with a Freezie Wrap® - Immediate cold compression (using the Knee Freezie Wrap®) will allow you to manage pain while getting rid of swelling, inflammation and edema in your knee.
- Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ (BFST®) - You can use your own blood flow to maximize your rehabilitation, decrease recovery time, and boost overall long-term healing.
The most important factor in healing prepatellar bursitis is resting your knee. This can be difficult when you have to carry on with daily activities, but resting whenever you can is recommended. During your recovery you will probably have to modify or avoid the activities that stress your bursa until your pain and inflammation settle.
Step 1 Effective Cold Compression Therapy, Your natural pain reliever!
The 1st step for conservative treatment of your infrapatellar bursitis is to reduce the swelling to "open up" the area for more blood flow. Anyone in the health-care business knows that your blood supplies the oxygen and much needed nutrients required to heal bursitis injuries. This is why for years doctors, trainers and other medical professional have recommended RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) to treat the pain and swelling of fresh injuries, chronic pain, and after any re-injury.
Fortunately you no longer have to settle for these ice cold methods that are uncomfortably cold against your skin, provide short term relief, cause ice burns, numb your skin and underlying tissue beyond feeling so you don't even notice the ice burn until it's too late and pool around your injury putting the cold everywhere except for where you need it most.
A Freezie Wrap® allows you to treat your knee in an effective and convenient way. Our food-grade, non-toxic gel packs can be chilled in the fridge or freezer to tailor the amount of cold that you need for your injury. It doesn't matter how you cool it down, because our gel packs are chock full of gel that's designed to cool down into millions of tiny snowflakes. The cushioned gel will wrap around your knee and it won't budge for the entire treatment period. You'll no longer have to deal with annoying pooling around your knee injury or have to hold a hard block of ice on your knee!
Cooling your inflamed prepatellar bursa as needed throughout the day will reduce pain and tissue damage. The Knee Freezie Wrap® can be used to apply cold in a safe, convenient and effective way - and the gel pack is reusable. The gel pack sits gently over the inflamed bursa to reduce swelling and redness.
The wrap is soft and adjustable so it fits your body properly, without irritating the bursa, and allows you to adjust the compression. This is important when treating an inflamed bursa because too much pressure can cause you further pain. You control how much pressure the bursa receives so you can benefit from the compression to hold the cold where you need it, without increasing your pain.
Applying cold to your tender bursa and knee is the 2nd step in treating your bursitis. Next, you can begin using the Inferno Wrap® to accelerate the healing process.
Step 2- Improve Circulation, Soften Scar Tissue & Prevent Re-Injury with Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™
After the inflammation in your knee has been reduced, providing extra blood flow and strengthening the tissue around your knee is recommended.
The only way to get BFST® is through use of an Inferno Wrap®. The Inferno Wrap® is the only treatment method that improves blood flow and circulation on a deep tissue level. Other methods of increasing circulation in your tissue (hot water bottles, hot baths, etc) will only ever increase blood flow on a surface / skin level. These methods need a LOT of time to even reach your tendon on a deep tissue level. And even if you were to use them this long your skin would heat up to an uncomfortable level and may even burn you.
Unfortunately, when you are suffering from bursitis it can be painful to even walk or lift your leg. When you limit movement in your knee joint the blood flow is reduced, starving your tissue of the necessary oxygen and nutrients.
The trick is to find a way to increase blood flow without causing pain and/or further inflaming the bursae. This is where Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™, or BFST®, becomes a powerful tool.
BFST® compliments your body's natural healing process by promoting blood flow while you give your knee the rest it needs.
The best source of improved blood flow treatment is from a product where you don't even feel that much heat. When you don't feel the heat, it means the therapy is working in your deep soft tissue which is really where you need it. It's kind of like how your heart works in your body. You can't "feel" your heart pumping blood all around your body to your arms and legs. You can't even hear your own heartbeat without listening very closely. This is exactly how deep tissue BFST® works too! You're not supposed to "feel" a lot of heat because the heat isn't treating your skin, it's treating around your patella tendon increasing the blood flow right in your tendon tissue.
- When treating any soft tissue injury, an effective therapy will increase blood flow to the injury while the joint is immobile.
- This increase in blood flow will accelerate the body's own ability to heal itself.
- The Inferno Wrap® is the most highly effective blood flow stimulation device that you will find on the market that is approved by the FDA for use in the home or hospital.
Our Inferno Wrap® is made from medical-grade material - this should be as important to you as it is to us! Other products that are sold in stores are considered "consumer goods" meaning the material only needs to be as good as a sweater that you wear. Clothing articles like this don't need to meet high standards of production or materials and may include materials that irritate your skin.
Since our wraps are medical-grade products registered with the FDA, they are of a higher quality and need to meet way more standards for manufacturing (ISO 10993 - biocompatibility testing). This makes our wraps the safest product for heating treatment. Our manufacturer has spent years perfecting the wrap design to make sure you get the treatment you deserve!
Prevention and Promotion of Lifelong Health
If you want to avoid re-injury, or manage pain and increase circulation for lifelong health benefits. A Knee Freezie Wrap® and Inferno Wrap® will provide the results you are looking for.
Why spend time in pain, off from work, and missing out on your active lifestyle when you can be proactive about your injury and the health of your body? Talk to your doctor about incorporating a regular routine of using a Freezie Wrap® and Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ into your everyday health regimen.