Conditions & Treatments - Pes Anserine Bursitis

 

Are you experiencing pain at your inner knee? Does this pain worsen with cutting, kicking, or squatting? If this is your situation, then you may be experiencing a condition called pes anserine bursitis. This is an injury that is commonly seen by a physical therapist and is often associated with trauma to the knee, overuse or poor mechanics.



What is Pes Anserine Bursitis?

Pes anserine bursitis is the inflammation of the pes anserine bursa located at the inner aspect of the knee. The image provided displays the pes anserine bursa, turquoise, of a left knee. The pes anserine bursa is a fluid filled sac which acts as a cushion for the tendons of the sartorius, gracilis, and semitendinosus muscles at the distal point of insertion on the shin bone (tibia). The main function of these muscles are to help bend the knee, cross the leg, turn the lower leg in, and give additional support to the knee should a blow to the outside of the knee occur when the leg is planted. Symptoms can include general pain, tenderness, and swelling at the inner aspect of the knee if the pes anserine bursa is irritated. The pes anserine bursa can be irritated if stress is placed on this area secondary to trauma to the knee, overuse or poor mechanics. It is most often irritated with activities or athletics which requires cutting, pivoting, kicking, squatting, or quick side to side movements. In sports, it is a common injury often found in swimmers who perform the breast stroke given the mechanics required for this stroke.    


Pes Anserine Bursitis Treatment Options for a P.T.

Have patient refrain from activities which increase symptoms

Ice Massage/Ice Packs

Postural Training/Functional Training

ROM/Stretching (see videos 30, 31, & 24)

Strengthening (see video 18, Z13)

Massage/Soft Tissue Mobilization 

Joint Mobilization

Gait Training

Orthotics

Ultrasound/Phonophoresis/Iontophoresis

 

Comment - Message Board

 

Last revised: June 6, 2008
by Chai Rasavong, MPT

 

Terms & Conditions

Please review our terms and conditions carefully before utilization of the Site. The information on this Site is for informational purposes only and should in no way replace a conventional visit to an actual live physical therapist or other healthcare professional. It is recommended that you seek professional and medical advise from your physical therapist or physician prior to any form of self treatment.



 
 
      
Advertisement
.

Advertisement

.