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Anserine Bursitis

What is a Anserine bursitis?
Anserine bursa is a small fluid filled sac present on the inner side of the knee. It acts as a cushion between the inner hamstring muscles and the bone underneath it.
What are the symptoms of anserine bursitis?
Pain on the inner and lower side of the knee is most common complaint. One can also have pain and discomfort on straightening the leg.
What causes the inflammation of the anserine bursa?
Inflammation of the anserine bursa is common in athletes, especially swimmers due to overuse. It can also be brought on by trauma to the area.
How is anserine bursitis diagnosed?
Anserine bursitis is suspected on the basis of clinical exmination. It can be confirmed using either an ultrasound or a MRI of the knee.
How is a Anserine bursitis treated?
Anti inflmmatory drugs along with ice application, wrapping an elastic bandage around the knee helps many patients. In refractory pain, the bursa can be injected with steroids to control the inflmmation. Quadriceps strengthening exercises and hamstring streches take care of this problem in the long run.

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Created on: April 2007
Last updated on: Feb 2015
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