Pes Anserine(Knee Tendon) Bursitis Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

What is Pes Anserine Bursitis?

Pes Anserine(Knee Tendon) Bursitis, also known as intertendinous bursa, is an inflammatory condition of the bursa (a fluid filled sac) of the conjoined attachment of the some of the muscles that flex and internally rotate the knee on the medial aspect.

The bursa secretes fluid to reduce friction between tissues, and also works as a cushion for bones, tendons and muscles. Usually inflammation of the bursa occurs gradually over a prolonged period of time.


What causes Pes Anserine Bursitis?

 Pes Anserine Bursitis can often occur when the muscles are repeatedly used, by movements such as flexion and adduction, which are often repeatedly done when running. Thus increasing the stress on the bursa which leads to an increase in the production of the fluid inside the bursa, which then becomes swollen and painful.


How common is Pes Anserine Bursitis?

 Pes Anserine Bursitis is more common in middle aged women than men as women have a wider pelvis, which causes the knee to tilt slightly leading to more pressure in the area of the pes anserinus.


Signs and Symptoms of Pes Anserine bursitis

  • Pain on the inside of your knee (medial) and/or in the centre of the shinbone, approximately 5-8cm below the knee
  • Pain with exercise or climbing stairs.
  • Swelling and tenderness to the touch in this area.


How to treat Pes Anserine bursitis?

In order to reduce the pain from Pes Anserine bursitis we recommend taking adequate rest. Using the “RICE” method of rest, ice, compress and elevate, you will be able to effectively reduce the swelling of the joint.  Additionally, with a doctor consultation, taking some form of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may be useful .


Although taking a break does not necessarily mean complete inactivity or no exercise at all. Targeted strengthening and stretching exercises help to strengthen the hamstring muscles and abductors, in particular. It is their weakness or lack of mobility that often causes pes anserine bursitis.


Additionally, you can use foam rolling, i.e. self-treatment of the painful area in the pes anserinus with a fascia foam roller. Reducing tension in the anterior and posterior thigh muscles really helps with this, noting not exceed your pain threshold.


What is the best knee brace for Pes Anserine Bursitis?

Once the tendon insertion is irritated and causes pain when subjected to strain, you will have noticeable relief with the right brace and careful return to training after a short break.

Both Bauerfeind Sports Knee Support as well as the GenuTrain Knee Brace offers the perfect features to help you in cases of pes anserine bursitis:

  • The Omega pad ensures that the knee joint remains securely in position and is guided in its natural path, thus providing relief in the area of the irritated inner knee.
  • The knee’s sensorimotor function is improved, and the Omega pad and the compression knit enable neuromuscular stabilisation.
  • The two pressure points and the wings on the sides offer targeted stimuli, boost the metabolism and help reduce pain caused by excessive strain.






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