Home Remedies for Knee Bursitis

So. Last Monday, I forgot to tape my ankle. This was not a good idea. Not at all. Now I’m looking for home remedies for knee bursitis. Y’all remember that I was super smart and broke my fibula back in October. Because the break was right above the ankle joint, I feel far more stable with kinesiology tape there to help support me. 

Home Remedies for Knee Bursitis

But sometimes I forget. Sometimes I have good intentions, and they end up being just that…good intentions. Last Monday I had good intentions, but then I got to crossfit…and I realized that I completely forgot my tape. Not like I could grab some out of the car either. Because I checked there. And then I did something really dumb. I wanted to workout. I told myself “you have to workout.” So I decided to workout without tape.

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Why I need Home Remedies for Knee Bursitis

And I ended up with Knee Bursitis. Have you ever had one of those moments? When you make a choice and it’s probably the wrong one, but you do it anyway? We all do it. Whether it’s blowing our grocery budget for the week, forgetting an appointment, or causing ourselves pain. It happens.

This time, it happened to me.

While I can’t pinpoint what actually caused my knee bursitis, but I do know that I could have prevented it. Let’s think about this for a moment, shall we?

You have something called bursa in your major joints-your shoulders, your knees, your hips, and your elbow. They’re full of fluid so that they can cushion the bones, tendons, and ligaments that surround them. But. When those little bursa become inflamed? It’s incredibly painful.

Bursitis occurs because the bursinflamede enflamed…usually due to repetitive motion, or in the case of my knee…running. Which, when I think about it, is a repetitive motion.

Knee Bursitis Treatment

I immediately called my awesome sister-in-law who is a genius when it comes to sports injuries. She informed me that I needed to rest my knee, ice it, and stop running. Thankfully, bursitis pain usually only lasts a few weeks as long as it’s treated properly.

The Best Home Remedies for Knee Bursitis

But it can come back. Which is why prevention is key.

I’m also using ice massage to help. To do this, you’ll need ice and a way to hold it. Many suggest a styrofoam cup, but I just use an ice cube and towel. Rub the painful area until it’s numb. Then sit until you regain feeling in your leg.

Stretching your hamstrings for 60 seconds twice a day can also help relieve a large amount of knee bursitis pain.

Knee Bursitis Prevention

To prevent another bursitis flare up, I’m being super careful. There are some things that you can do to help prevent a recurrence.

  • Stretch daily. Preferably twice a day.
  • Hold your hamstring stretches for 30-60 seconds.
  • Tape your knee using Kinesiology Tape
  • Avoid repetitive motions, like running.

If you find that your symptoms do not improve, it’s important that you seek help from a professional. That means getting in to see your doctor, chiropractor, or naturopath.

Have you ever experienced knee bursitis pain?

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