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bursa has pushed knee cap over

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 4, 2006
  • 09:06 AM

About 3 years ago I went to the orthopedic doctor and he told me I probably had arthritis, take these pills and call me later. The anti-inflammatory pills did help, but I was having to take them more and more often so I finally went back again and they did an MRI. It showed that the inside bursa was so enlarged and must have been for so long that it pushed my knee cap to the right. He gave me a steroid injection and said they had very good luck with it dealing with bursitis but my knee cap was terrible. He gave me exercises to do - leg lifts with feet flexed (not pointed toes) to work the muscles to pull the knee cap back over. Has anyone else had this problem?

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  • Hi! My mother (85 years old) has had a bursa behind her right knee for several years. She has been getting injections, but she is now in constant pain, therefore, slowing her down as far as wanting to walk. Her last recommendation from her doctor was to consider a knee replacement. My mother is in great health other than the knee pain so I "pray" that the knee replacement will provide her with comfort and many more years of getting around. The one thing that concerns her is if the bursa will still be painful after going through the knee surgery? One doctor said he knows another doctor that has operated on bursas; however he said none of the patients have had much success with having that procedure done. Have you heard anything on that??
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  • Hi! My mother (85 years old) has had a bursa behind her right knee for several years. She has been getting injections, but she is now in constant pain, therefore, slowing her down as far as wanting to walk. Her last recommendation from her doctor was to consider a knee replacement. My mother is in great health other than the knee pain so I "pray" that the knee replacement will provide her with comfort and many more years of getting around. The one thing that concerns her is if the bursa will still be painful after going through the knee surgery? One doctor said he knows another doctor that has operated on bursas; however he said none of the patients have had much success with having that procedure done. Have you heard anything on that??
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  • About 3 years ago I went to the orthopedic doctor and he told me I probably had arthritis, take these pills and call me later. The anti-inflammatory pills did help, but I was having to take them more and more often so I finally went back again and they did an MRI. It showed that the inside bursa was so enlarged and must have been for so long that it pushed my knee cap to the right. He gave me a steroid injection and said they had very good luck with it dealing with bursitis but my knee cap was terrible. He gave me exercises to do - leg lifts with feet flexed (not pointed toes) to work the muscles to pull the knee cap back over. Has anyone else had this problem? I have knee pain too and the doctors have X-rayed my knee to say it was in excellent condition. The pain is ALWAYS there but it is worst at night. I have been to the doctor four times and she finally sent me to physical therapy. That seemed to help for a short time but now the pain is back again. I think the doctor is tired of me but the pain is real and it's getting old. After reading your story I think I will request a MRI. Thanks for sharing your information. Carole in Colorado
    carolenanna 1 Replies
    • October 22, 2006
    • 05:03 PM
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  • Get Pete Egoscue's book on health in motion or some title like that, and do the alignment 20 minutes a day: lay on your back in bed or on floor; calves straight out over milk crate or chair with pillow. Poor hip alignment can aggravate knee issues so it is not the knee per se.
    nordskoven 7 Replies
    • November 1, 2006
    • 09:39 AM
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