Accessibility Tools

Kneecap Bursitis


Kneecap Bursitis Specialist

People playing basketball, football and wrestling are at a higher risk of kneecap bursitis that usually occurs due to direct blow to the kneecap, pressure on the knees because of constant kneeling, infection or certain medical conditions. Kneecap bursitis specialist, Dr. Kelechi Okoroha provides diagnosis and individualized non-surgical and surgical management for kneecap bursitis in Minneapolis. Contact Dr. Okoroha’s team for an appointment today!

What is Bursa?

A bursa is a small fluid-filled sac found between soft tissues and bones. It lubricates and acts as a cushion to decrease friction between bones when they move.

What is Kneecap Bursitis?

Bursitis refers to the inflammation and swelling of the bursa. Inflammation of the bursa in front of the kneecap (patella) is known as kneecap bursitis or prepatellar bursitis.

Causes of Kneecap Bursitis

Kneecap bursitis is often caused due to

  • Pressure applied on the knees with constant kneeling
  • Conditions such as gout and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Direct blow to the kneecap while playing sports such as basketball, football, and wrestling
  • Infection

When a kneecap bursitis is suspected, it is important to schedule an orthopedic consultation for proper examination and care. Dr. Kelechi Okoroha is a kneecap bursitis specialist who provides detailed examination and care for patients with kneecap bursitis in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Minnesota and beyond.

Symptoms of Kneecap Bursitis

Symptoms of kneecap bursitis include pain and swelling in front of the knee. You may also experience tenderness, warmth, and redness on the front of the knee.

Diagnosis of Kneecap Bursitis

Kneecap bursitis is diagnosed by reviewing your medical history and performing a thorough physical examination. Fluid from your bursa may be removed for lab analysis. Dr. Okoroha may order imaging studies, such as X-rays, MRI and CT scans to rule out other problems.

Treatment of Kneecap Bursitis

After careful review of your history and examination, Dr. Okoroha will provide an individualized treatment plan to help you return to your normal function.

Kneecap bursitis can be effectively treated with conservative therapy where Dr. Okoroha will advise sufficient rest, use of ice packs and elevation of the affected leg to reduce inflammation. Anti-inflammatory drugs may also be prescribed to alleviate pain and swelling, and antibiotics for infections. Sometimes the bursa may be aspirated with a thin needle to remove fluid and reduce swelling or corticosteroids may be injected at the region of the inflamed bursa to relieve pain. Surgery is performed only when conservative treatment is ineffective, which involves the surgical removal of the bursa.

If you have experienced a kneecap bursitis, please contact Dr. Kelechi Okoroha, orthopedic knee specialist treating patients in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Minnesota and beyond.