Saturday, August 14, 2010

water in the knee

this weekend i came across a tennis injury that i had heard of, but never seen before
i find that bursitis and other joint injuries are becoming more and more common

how can we keep this from happening?
by working on our form, functional movement is the key!

AKA: excess fluid accumulation in or around your knee joint. Your doctor may refer to this condition as a knee "effusion."

CAUSES: trauma: meniscus/ACL tears & ligament injuries, arthritis, overuse injuries, or an underlying disease or condition.

Prepatellar Bursitis

Bursa Sac

A bursa is a small fluid-filled, pad-like sac that reduces friction
and cushions pressure points between your bones
and the tendons and muscles near your joints.

Each of your knees has 11 bursae.
While any of these bursae can become inflamed,
knee bursitis most commonly occurs over the kneecap
or on the inner side of your knee below the joint.

Friction between the skin and the patella
can be caused by someone spending a lot of time on their knees,
doing repetitive movements.
Inflammation can also occur as the result of injury,
infection or an underlying inflammatory condition.

TREATMENTS: Rest is one of the most important, cold and heat therapy can also be used to relieve inflammation:

  • A bag of frozen vegetables wrapped in a tea towel is a simple means of providing cold therapy.
  • A hot water bottle wrapped in a towel is an effective form of heat therapy.
  • Alternating hot and cold water from a showerhead is another idea.

Painkillers and anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen are also usually recommended.

Persistent fluid accumulation in the bursa increases the risk

of further episodes of inflammation.

Under these circumstances, the fluid may need to be aspirated,

and hydrocortisone may be injected to relieve any inflammation

and prevent further fluid accumulation.


here are some exercises to do incorp to your workout

to strengthen those joints


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