Pes Anserinus Bursitis & Tendinopathy
What is Pes Anserinus Bursitis/Tendinopathy?
Pes Anserinus is the area on the inside of the knee where the tendons for the gracilis, sartorius and semitendinosus muscles attach. Under these tendons is a bursa (fluid-filled sac) which is important in reducing friction between the tendons and the bone.
Pes anserinus tendinopathy refers to inflammation or tendon injury of the gracilis, sartorius and semitendinosus tendons. Pes anserinus bursitis is the name given to inflammation of the underlying bursa. Due to their close anatomical relationship, these conditions often occur simultaneously.
What Causes Pes Anserinus Bursitis/Tendinopathy?
There are a variety of factors which can cause (or place you at a higher risk of developing) pes anserinus bursitis / tendinopathy, including:
What are the Symptoms of Pes Anserinus Bursitis/Tendinopathy?
You may experience one or more of the following:
How is Pes Anserinus Bursitis/Tendinopathy Diagnosed?
On examination, your physiotherapist or sports doctor will look for signs of pes anserinus bursitis and tendinopathy.
An MRI or diagnostic ultrasound may also be used to confirm the diagnosis.
What is the Treatment for Pes Anserinus Bursitis/Tendinopathy?
Many patients with pes anserinus bursitis and tendinopathystart to feel better within a few weeks of the injury. Your physiotherapy treatment will aim to:
However, we strongly suggest that you discuss your knee injury after a thorough examination from a knee injury clinician such as a sports physiotherapist, sports physician or knee surgeon.
The majority of people with pes anserinus bursitis and tendinopathy will make a full recovery with conservative physiotherapy treatment. An injection into the site of inflammation is sometimes also required to decrease pain and inflammation.
How to Prevent Pes Anserinus Bursitis/Tendinopathy?
There are a variety of ways to reduce your risk of developing pes anserinus bursitis/tendinopathy. These include:
Return to Sports with Pes Anserinus Bursitis/Tendinopathy?
It is important athletes who have experienced pes anserinus bursitis/tendinopathy complete a full rehabilitation program to prevent recurrence or ongoing issues. This will include a graduated return to your sport program.
For more information, please ask the advice of your physiotherapist.
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