If when you run or walk you feel pain about 2 – 3 inches below the knee joint on the inside of the joint, it could well be bursitis.
- A bursa is a small fluid filled cushion that you have all over your body around joints, where muscles or tendons cross the joint. They are there to cut down friction and you can imagine that if you over use a joint or particularly if the tendon or muscle become tight or over loaded, then the bursa can be ‘squashed’ and then fluid can leak out and cause ‘bursitis’ or inflammation of the bursa.
- This is called pes anserine bursitis if it is on the inside of the knee and it is particularly common when you run a lot or play a lot of sport. It also occurs more often in those with diabetes or those who are overweight and also women are more prone to it and those who have arthritis of the knee joint or degeneration. It is often seen if you have other knee problems too but it can often happen spontaneously.
- Pes anserine bursitis usually goes away on it own but it also responds well to exercises and stretching. We always encourage you to come in to see us though because it may not necessarily be just bursitis that you have – you need an examination to assess fully what you have done and to see why it may be happening.
- If you come to see us we will be able to assess your training techniques if you are a runner and advise you how to correct what you are doing. Your hamstring muscles may be over tight – and we can find out why rather than just advising you to stretch.
The symptoms of pes anserine bursitis include pain slowly developing on the inside of your knee and/or in the center of the shinbone, approximately 2 to 3 inches below the knee joint or pain that increases with exercise or on climbing stairs.
You don’t have to put up with it, please come in so we can examine how you do what you do and we can advise you how best you can change your activities to help you get rid of the pain and prevent it coming back again.