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Anyone ruptured a knee bursa?

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After only 11 months from my last injury (shoulder dislocation which only required 8 days off from skiing), last Friday I ruptured a bursa in my knee on the tennis courts :. Anyone here familiar with this? The doc said the knee feels tight so he doesn't suspect ACL damage, and I concur that this injury feels unlike the one that snapped my ACL in the other knee 11 yrs ago. After hearing the painless pop when lunging left at the net, I walked it off and continued playing and running for the next hour. Two hours later the knee had swollen to the point that walking was very difficult. Today, the knee remains stable, but due to still present swelling, range of motion is reduced. The doc says the anti-inflamatories he perscribed should take care of the swelling. He doesn't want to "drain" the knee as he prefers to aviod invasive procedures when possible. I have only found a couple in references to the condition on the net, and they all recommend the docs orders: ice, anti-inflamatories, and rest for a couple of weeks. I'm keeping my fingers crossed this doesn't ruin my upcoming season .
post #2 of 7
I had something like this happen to my left elbow, was told it was minor, was recommended and did the therapy you discuss, and it was gone in a week or so and never had a problem again.

Sounds like not a big deal. I would listen to my doc, and take it easy until its healed.
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I had a minor injury to both knee brusa in high school from playing football. And one of my team mates popped his. It seemed to be somewhat common amongst football players. Mostly it just caused temporary swelling in the knee with a little pain associated. My friend had his brusa drained and then the swelling came back the next week after he reinjured it. It seemed like the best medicine was rest, ice and anti-inflammatories. The only after effect is that the skin around the knee gets stretched out and a little bit loose. It doesn't create a problem but I had one football coach who had so much extra skin that he could stretch it out and fold it all the way over his hand from his old brusa injuries.
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My niece (soccer player) tends to pop her bursae, for some reason. She has done her knees repeatedly, and even her hip. I think rest and ice were the cure, as others have said
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Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies. Range of motion is about 90% now and the swelling is mostly gone. Still some soreness. Tried the knee out on the slopes a few days ago for just a few blue runs. Felt better than expected, but still not ready for moguls or hard stops with the knee. Hopefully everything will be good to go by the time we get some decent snow out here.
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Sixth toe

Interestingly, I just went to the podiatrist because I have a bunionette (aka, sixth toe). He told me that it is caused by a damaged brusa between my little toe and my meta-tarsal (this causes the joint to swell up forming a knob on the side of the first joint of my little toe). He thinks I may be susceptible to brusa injuries due to the shape of my feet and possible genetics.
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three weeks ago, in a texas high school football game, i carried five guys on my back for 4 yards, and after felt minor pain in my right knee, i tried conditioning the next day, it was stiff. I went to the trainer that monday and his reply, "Just a nasty bruise" he iced it and i practiced for the next three weeks. Just today, he looked at it. It was the size of a grapefruit, and he diagnosis it as a ruptured bursa, i recommend ice and rest, the two things i didn't get that would have been helpful.
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