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Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Prepatellar Bursitis Treatment and Prevention

If Prepatellar Bursitis is not treated properly, the bursa can break which could cause an infection, accompanied by fever. To avoid this and to cure Prepatellar Bursitis, treatments often start out with rest, elevation of the leg, applying ice to the inflamed area and taking anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen.

Sometimes, a knee sleeve or elastic bandage to decrease or prevent swelling is recommended, as well as specific stretching exercises. In severe cases, the fluid will be removed from the bursa, which is an outpatient procedure, and/or corticosteroid injections into the affected bursa may be administered.

Diagnosis is often done based on a physical exam, X-rays, blood tests and taking in account the risk factors of work or sports, but fluid has to be extracted in order to determine whether it is regular Prepatellar Bursitis, or infected bursitis. Treatment of the latter will include having to take an anti-biotic.

After treatment, the pain will usually disappear within several weeks, but the swelling, even though not painful, can reoccur for up to many months after. Full recovery is dependant upon age, health, previous injuries and severity of the inflammation.

There are a few things you can do to prevent Prepatellar Bursitis;
prevent direct, acute blows to the area of the kneecaps and avoid too much kneeling. If that last is impossible then wear protective kneepads.

As mentioned previously; don't wait to see the doctor, but go as soon as pain and/or swelling occur. The cure will be less complicated and healing will be a lot quicker.

When life is giving you problems then don't wait to lay them at God's feet, but do it as soon as possible. He has and is the cure and will provide you with all that is needed!

Isaiah 58:8
Then your light shall break forth like the morning, Your healing shall spring forth speedily, And your righteousness shall go before you; The glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.


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