What is included in conservative treatment of prepatellar bursitis (housemaid's knee)?

Updated: Sep 15, 2020
  • Author: Divakara Kedlaya, MBBS; Chief Editor: Dean H Hommer, MD  more...
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Conservative care usually is effective for treatment of prepatellar bursitis. Common treatment recommendations may include the following:

  • Rest

  • Ice until swelling subsides, then may use ice or heat

  • Aspiration when necessary

  • Injection (if no evidence of infection)

  • Elevation of the affected leg when possible

  • Anti-inflammatory medications

  • Antibiotics if indicated because of infection

  • Assistive device for ambulation if necessary

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