SymptomsBy Mayo Clinic staff
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Knee bursitis signs and symptoms may vary, depending on which bursa is affected and what precisely is causing the inflammation. In general, the affected portion of your knee may:
- Feel warm to your touch
- Appear swollen or feel squishy to your touch
- Be painful or tender when you move or put pressure on it
A sharp blow to the knee can cause symptoms to appear rapidly. But most cases of knee bursitis result from repetitive injuries — sustained in jobs that require a lot of kneeling — so symptoms usually begin gradually and may worsen over time.
When to see a doctor
The bursa that lies over your kneecap can sometimes become infected. Call your doctor if you have a fever in addition to pain and swelling in your knee.
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