Most of us may also know it under another name such as housemaid's knee, beat knee, carpet layer's knee, or coal miner's knee, because it usually occurs in those whose job or sport requires either much kneeling, where the knees have to put up with a lot of friction, or take acute hits.
It can also be a result of gout, sarcoidosis, CREST syndrome, diabetes mellitus, alcohol abuse, uremia, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, but this is rather uncommon.
The bursa is a thin sac, filled with a lubricating fluid which allows for smooth movement of muscles, tendons and skin over the bones and also provides cushioning of the joints. One of the bursea is located at the front and right above the kneecap and when this becomes irritated or inflamed, it is called Prepatellar Bursitis.
Prepatellar Bursitis symptoms are manifested by pain and swelling right on top of the knee and the pain will worsen when trying to move the knee or putting pressure on it. The symptoms will worsen by kneeling and get better when being inactive.
The sooner this condition is treated, the better. There are times when patience is needed, but in this case impatience and forcing something to happen are very helpful; postponing to see a doctor could worsen the inflammation, result in an infection and will only prolong the time needed for healing.
We often like to force things along, instead of practicing patience. Any impatience and force on our part will only be an interference with and prolong the time for God to work His perfect plan. We can have faith that it will all be resolved for the best, when the time is right: God's time!
Behold, I will bring it health and healing; I will heal them and reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth.