Pes Anserine Bursitis

What is pes anserine bursitis?

There is a pocket-like structure in the inside, or medial, aspect of the lower knee that can get inflamed. It is called the pes anserine bursa. This is where three different tendons of the thigh attach below the knee. This pocket can get inflamed in a condition known as pes anserine bursitis or tendonitis. Often pes anserine bursitis results from weak or tight tendons, leading to inflammation at their attachment.

What symptoms does pes anserine bursitis cause?

Pes anserine bursitis can lead to pain at the inner lower aspect of the knee. This region will be sensitive to the touch. The pain is often exacerbated by knee bending.

How is pes anserine bursitis diagnosed?

Diagnosis is generally through a discussion with your doctor and thorough examination. X-rays are often obtained to rule out other conditions.

How is pes anserine bursitis treated?

There are a variety of treatments that your doctor might recommend if you have this condition. These include physical therapy, a home stretching program, anti-inflammatories, icing, and sometimes, in severe cases, a therapeutic cortisone injection.