The inflammation of a bursa, which is a small, fluid-filled sac at the knee joint, is known as Knee bursitis. The bursa helps in reducing the friction between the bones. The symptoms of this disease include swelling, warmth, tenderness, and redness in the knee area.
In men it is estimated that the overall prevalence for men of all ages is between 15 and 20%. A study in the US showed that approximately 18% of men aged 60 years and older reported pain and the incidence increases steadily with age. The highest prevalence of knee pain was reported in men 85 to 90 years old at nearly 24%. Women: The incidence of knee pain has been found to be slightly more common in females compared to men. The overall prevalence of knee pain in women is approximately 20%. A study in the US showed that approximately 23% of women aged 60 years and older reported knee pain. There was a trend for the reports of knee pain to increase consistently with age. The highest prevalence of knee pain was reported in women 85 to 90 years old at approximately 30%.
The Knee bursitis in initial stages can be treated by self-care and upon progression can be treated by anti-inflammatory and pain medications. The self-care includes usage of ice and rest. The medication involves aspirin, paracetamol or ibuprofen, corticosteroids and antibiotics. Occasionally, aspiration of the fluid is also required.