What is Housemaid’s Knee? | Prepatellar Bursitis

Prepatellar Bursitis (or Housemaid’s Knee) applies to the medical condition that can affect anyone whose occupation requires them to spend time on their knees. It is also identified by such distinctive monikers as Nun’s Knee, Carpet-layer’s Knee or Coal Miner’s Knee. Though it is most-often caused by frequent kneeling and is chronic, it can happen from a single, acute event, can also be caused by an underlying medical condition or it can be idiopathic (cause unknown). This condition occurs when a bursa (fluid-filled cushioning sac) that is situated in front (Pre) of the kneecap (patella) becomes inflamed or infected (itis).

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