Waiting too long and not getting a proper diagnosis
A common problem we see is that patients wait too long before they seek help. By the time patients come to us for help, they have severe swelling that limits a lot of their movements. In some cases, they even had knee bursitis a few times before. The longer you wait, the more advanced the problem becomes and the longer it will take to get better.
If you don’t get a proper diagnosis from the start, it wastes time. If anyone treating your knee bursitis is not looking for the cause, they will keep on treating only the symptoms. This is ineffective, as your knee bursitis could simply return.
Trying out, but not completing different forms of treatment
Often, patients take anti-inflammatory medication in the hopes that it will ease their swelling and pain. Or they try to get relief by putting transact patches or ice on their knee. These treatments might make your swelling and pain feel somewhat better, but they are not adressing the root cause of what is causing your knee bursitis. Chances are, that once you try to get active again, the swelling will simply flare up again.
Using crutches or wearing a knee brace might be useful in the beginning to make it easier for you to walk, but it won’t be a long term solution. The longer you use it, the more dependent you will become on it. It leaves you with a weak knee that feels very stiff.
And then, a lot of people tend to feel a lot better once their swelling and pain eases, so they stop their treatment halfway through the treatment programme. You need to address the deeper problems and make sure your knee muscles and tendons can do the work that you require of it. That is the best long-term solution. So make sure you complete your knee bursitis treatment program. Patience is key.
Resting too much or too little
Resting and elevating your leg too much leaves you weaker than before. Whereas, too much movement, exercise and stretching will leave you with more swelling, pain and inflammation. People tend to want to stretch or foam roll to ease the stiffness in their knee, but you can easily overdo it. Finding the balance between resting and doing safe movements is key!
Let us help you get the right treatment for your knee bursitis and stop it from stopping you in your tracks.