Knee Bursitis Specialist in New Jersey

Bursitis of the knee occurs when the bursa, a small sac filled with a lubricating fluid, becomes inflamed. The bursa can be found throughout the body, between bone, muscle, tendons, and skin. Its main purpose is to decrease the rubbing and friction that occurs as the body moves. There are 11 bursa located in each knee. When bursitis occurs, it can cause pain and limited mobility, seemingly stemming from above the kneecap or the inner side of the knee, below the joint.

Causes of Bursitis of the Knee

Bursitis can be brought on by varying injuries. The most common cause of knee bursitis is a repetitive use, minor impact type injury. Another common cause is a more traumatic, blunt-force injury that is more severe. Bursitis can also become more problematic as you age, since the tendons are able to stretch less, handle lesser loads, and are more susceptible to tears. Some overuse injuries can be caused by daily tasks that we would not associate with injury, such as gardening, shoveling, painting, raking, and scrubbing. Improper posture while at work or home can also lead to inflammation of the bursa, not only in the knee, but also throughout the body.

Symptoms of Bursitis of the Knee

The most indicative symptom of bursitis is pain in and around the knee joint. It’s not uncommon for the pain to start as a dull, throbbing pain, and build into a more severe, acute pain. If the knee also has calcium deposits in the area of the inflamed bursa, pain can become even more severe. Limited motion in the knee joint, as well as discomfort while applying pressure to the leg effected can also indicate that bursitis may be what is causing the pain and discomfort.

Treatment for Bursitis of the Knee in New Jersey

When suffering from knee bursitis, initial treatment will range from limiting physical activity, enacting longer rest periods, implementing a daily icing regimen, and taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications. If the swelling and pain does not subside after one week of these types of treatments, the NJOI staff may elect to inject a corticosteroid at the site of the inflamed bursa. The injections often help with immediate pain, and can be repeated, but multiple injections over a short period of time are avoided due to possible side effects. Physical therapy is also an option that can be utilized for patients who have a reoccurring knee bursitis issue. The physical therapy treatment will help to increase range of motion in the joint, and also strengthen muscles surround the knee, which puts less stress on tendons within the knee.

If you’ve recently felt pain and instability in one or both knees, coming in to be seen by a NJOI doctor can be your first step to living without pain and limitations. Our practice has 6 locations conveniently located throughout North and Central New Jersey. NJOI’s offices are located in Wayne, Clifton, Butler, Bridgewater, and Morristown. Give us a call at 973-273-3431 to schedule an appointment at any of our locations and get yourself on the path to recovery.

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Meet The Team

Vincent K. McInerney, M.D.


Founding member, Vincent K. McInerney, M.D., graduated from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in 1977 with honors as one of the top medical students in his class.

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Anthony Festa, M.D.


Dr. Anthony Festa is an orthopaedic surgeon in his seventh year of practice at the New Jersey Orthopaedic Institute.

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Anthony J. Scillia, M.D.


Anthony J. Scillia M.D. is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon with subspecialty certification in sports medicine.

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Robert M. Palacios, M.D.


Dr. Robert Palacios is board-certified and fellowship trained, and has been specializing in outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine for over two decades.

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Craig Wright, M.D.


Craig Wright, MD joins New Jersey Orthopaedic Institute by way of Totowa, NJ where he was born and raised.

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John Callaghan, M.D.


John Callaghan, M.D. is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic trauma specialist. His expertise encompasses the treatment of acute traumatic injuries.

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Other Locations

Wayne Office

504 Valley Rd. Ste 200 Wayne, NJ 07470

Butler Office

45 Carey Ave. Butler, NJ 07405

Morristown Office

111 Madison Ave. Ste 400 Morristown, NJ 07962

Bridgewater Office

720 Rte. 202-206 Bridgewater, NJ 08807

West-Milford Office

1900 Union Valley Rd Hewitt, NJ 07421