Physiotherapy for Prepatellar Bursitis

Physiotherapy for prepatellar bursitis vary and may depend on the symptoms that you experience, the severity of your injury, your previous work or activities, and your specific goals.

Overview of Prepatellar Bursitis

Prepatellar bursitis occurs when the prepatellar bursa – the fluid-filled sac found between the skin in front of your knee and your kneecap (patella) – is irritated or inflamed. The condition often occurs in people whose work or activity requires them to kneel. In some cases, prepatellar bursitis can be caused by a direct blow or falling on the knee during sports activities. The condition is sometimes called housemaid’s knee.
  • Learn more about Prepatellar Bursitis, its causes, symptoms, home treatment, and other treatment options.

Physiotherapy Treatment Options for Prepatellar Bursitis

Your physiotherapist may provide you with a combination of any of the following
  • Cold therapy (Ice pack or ice massage)
  • Heat pack
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Ultrasound (US) (Phonophoresis)
  • Soft tissue mobilization
  • Knee joint mobilization
  • Physiotherapy exercises
    • Range of motion (ROM) exercises
    • Stretching exercises
    • Strengthening exercises
  • Patient education
    • About prepatellar bursitis
    • Precautions to observe
    • Activity modification
    • Self-care of symptoms
    • Home exercise program
    • Injury prevention
  • Iontophoresis
  • Recommend orthotics if necessary
  • Postural training
  • Recommend a work or sport-specific rehab program

Remember that not all of the treatments enumerated above will be provided to you during your first visit to your physio. Your physiotherapist can help you determine the right treatment options for your specific problems and your goals.

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