The diagnosis of knee bursitis typically involves looking into the medical history of the patient and a physical exam. Dr. Nic Gay and Dr. Masi Reynolds compare the appearance and condition of each knee. Pressing on the affected area will determine if there is warmth, swelling and a particular area that is producing pain symptoms.
Visual indications of knee bursitis include redness or possible infection. The range of movement in the knee is also helpful in determining potential bursitis. If you experience knee pain when bending or flexing the knee as instructed, Dr. Nic Gay or Dr. Masi Reynolds may confidently diagnose bursitis in combination with all other indicators.
However, as bursitis produces symptoms that are similar to those of knee injuries, imaging tests may be used to achieve an accurate diagnosis. Your Silicon Valley Orthopaedics doctor may request x-rays, an ultrasound or MRI imaging tests to get a clearer picture of what is going on in the knee joint and surrounding tissues.
Bursitis is typically treated using conservative measures such as medication and physical therapy. Corticosteroid injections can be injected into the bursa to reduce inflammation. Aspiration, which is a procedure where the doctor removes fluid with a needle, may help manage your pain and other symptoms.
Chronic Bursitis Surgery
If you are suffering chronic or recurrent symptoms as a result of bursitis, Silicon Valley Orthopaedics may recommend surgery to remove the bursa. Dr. Nic Gay and Dr. Masi Reynolds are committed to ensuring that nonsurgical options are the first consideration. Silicon Valley Orthopaedics also promotes patient-guided treatment, where you are involved in the decision making process.
If you are experiencing the symptoms of bursitis and need an expert to provide a diagnosis, make an appointment with Silicon Valley Orthopaedics today. We offer affordable treatment options to suit every patient’s budget at our California practice.