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Housemaids Knee - A Common Cause Of Knee Pain
A bursa is a thin sac of connective tissue filled with the body's own natural lubricating fluid. This lubricating sac allows various tissues such as muscle, tendon, and skin slide over the bone surfaces without catching. The bursas (bursae) are very thin, but they do present a potential site that can become inflamed and irritated. This condition is called 'bursitis'. If inflammation of Bursa is associated with a break in the skin and trauma, the bursa can become infected, this is called infected bursitis and may form absesses causing excruciating pain..
Bursae arise at various joints throughout the body, such as the shoulder, elbow and knee. There are many bursas in the knee:
Housemaids knee is a common name given to prepatellar bursitis or knee bursitis. Prepatellar bursitis is the inflammation of the subcutaneous prepatellar bursa, which can either be an acute (sudden onset) injury or chronic (longer term) injury. This bursa lies in front of the patella or kneecap. Under normal conditions its function is to reduce the friction between the patellar tendon and overlying skin f this bursa .which can either be an acute (sudden onset) injury or chronic (longer term) injury.
This inflammation, as the common name suggests, can be caused by prolonged work performed on the knees. This type of bursitis can affect roofers, carpet layers, miners, plumbers amongst other groups who kneel for long periods. Bursitis may also cause another condition of slow accumulation of fluid in the knee commonly called 'water on the knee'. Arthritis and gout are also associated with prepatellar bursitis, along with unknown causes (frequently).
Another cause of a swollen knee, as mentioned above, can be caused following an injury. If the swelling appears immediately after the injury the swelling is often an accumulation of blood within the joint called 'hemarthrosis'.
Symptoms of Prepatellar Bursitis include:
Treatment of Prepatellar Bursitis at home:
Chiropractic Care of Housemaid's Knee:
Treatment Of Housemaids Knee using Natural Methods (Check with a health professional first before taking herbal remedies):
Glucosamine: Glucosamine is a form of amino sugar that our bodies naturally manufacture. It is considered one of the major building blocks for joint protection. It is usually found in conjunction with chondroitin sulfate, and is widely used to relieve pain and inflammation in such health problems of back ache, tennis elbow, and housemaids knee.
Chondroitin Sulfate: Chondroitin sulfate is also naturally found in the body. It prevents other body enzymes from degrading the building blocks of joint cartilage.
MSM: Is the shortened form of methylsulfonylmethane. MSM provides sulfur, which is a vital building block of joints, cartilage, skin, hair and nails. It also supports the production of energy. It helps normal re-building of connective tissue.
Devils Claw: Devils claw has been shown to be effective in reducing inflammation and pain in such problems of arthritis and bursitis, during clinical trials. This should not be taken by people with stomach ulcers.
Turmeric: Turmeric has been shown in clinical studies to be as effective as some NSAIDs, without the unpleasant side effects. High doses of turmeric should not be taken if the user suffers intestinal problems.
White Willow Bark: The active ingredient in willow bark is salicin. Records show people have been using willow bark since the time of Hippocrates in 400 B.C. It is used to ease discomfort.
It appears that for mild bursitis natural remedies are well worth giving consideration. Pharmaceutical drugs are preferred for more severe pain but have many more unpleasant side effects.
Call Advanced Healthcare today for your appointment to have Dr. Pisarek evalute your knee and provide treatment options to reduce the pain, suffering and improve knee function.
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