Prepatellar Bursitis Symptoms
Prepatellar bursitis symptoms are similar to the symptoms of bursitis that occur in other joints in the body; swelling and tenderness, pain, limited range of motion, weakness, and possibly a fever if the bursa is infected.
You will experience tenderness just below and over top of the kneecap with prepatellar bursitis. The pain may radiate up your inner knee and thigh and/or down to your midcalf. 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.
Patients suffering from knee bursitis may also have interrupted sleep patterns. 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.
Limited Range of Motion and Weakness
When you have bursitis in your knee, 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.
Tenderness, Warmth, Swelling and Redness
Swelling at the front of the knee is usually evident with prepatellar bursitis and often appears as an abscess on the kneecap. This swelling may appear immediately 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 and 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.
Prepatellar Bursitis Treatments
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 non-operative options such as ColdCure Wrap® Cold Compression Therapy and BFST Wrap® Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™.
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.
Treatments should involve decreasing swelling, relieving stress on the knee, treating scar tissue, and then restoring strength and movement in your leg and knee. Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ (BFST®) is recommended once inflammation has been calmed to heal the prepatellar bursa and tendon faster and reduce the risk of bursitis returning.
ColdCure Wrap® Cold Therapy
To decrease inflammation and relieve the pain of prepatellar bursitis doctor's recommend cold therapy.
Applying cold to your inflamed bursa will help decrease the swelling and redness around it. Cold therapy will also help to numb the pain in your knee and help to control the inflammation. In addition, the deep cooling effect provided by the Knee ColdCure Wrap® reduces tissue damage.
The Knee ColdCure Wrap® uses a supercharged cooling gel pack, that chills in the fridge, not in the freezer like ice or other freezer packs, giving you deep cold therapy without the risk of 'cold burns' or cryoburn.
Cooling your inflamed prepatellar bursa as needed throughout the day will reduce pain and tissue damage. The Knee ColdCure 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 first step in treating your bursitis.Next, you can begin using the BFST Wrap® to accelerate the healing process.
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BFST Wrap® Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™
Once the inflammation of your bursitis has been reduced with the ColdCure Wrap® cold compression therapy treatment it is time to start BFST® treatments with the BFST Wrap®. Regular treatments with the BFST Wrap® will improve blood flow and improve the elasticity of your surrounding soft tissue. Your body needs a fresh supply of blood to improve the health of your tissue and get your knee bursae and tendons back to normal.
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 Knee BFST Wrap® uses a patented process to generate the same energy that is part of the sun's spectrum of light, the same energy that is necessary to all living things for optimum health. The energy emitted from the Energy Web® stimulates blood flow to your knee, more than your body would ever be able to generate on it's own, giving your body the boost it needs to continue the reconditioning process. The healing energy reaches deep into your prepatellar bursa and tendon to speed tissue repair, whisk away the toxins and dead cells, and rejuvenate your tissues for improved elasticity.
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With these easy to use home therapy wraps - the BFST Wrap® and the ColdCure Wrap® , you will notice significantly reduced pain and an incredible improvement in your knee pain and range of motion.
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NSAIDs, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, can be used if required to help manage your pain. However, they are not recommended for long term use, as they can cause gastrointestinal difficulties and increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. Many of our customers find they no longer require NSAIDS once they begin using Elbow ColdCure Wrap® cold compression therapy and Elbow BFST Wraps® to treat their pain and heal their bursa.
During your recovery, you may have to modify and/or eliminate any activities that cause pain or discomfort in your knee joint until your pain and inflammation settle, and you gain more mobility and strength. The more diligent you are with your rehabilitation, the faster you will see successful results.