June 29th, 2012

Health N' Sports: Pre Anserine Bursitis

Sarah Newell

CSN Staff Writer

Health N' Sports: Pre Anserine Bursitis
photo courtesy of Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic

Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic explains condition


As a part of the Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic, the Sports Rehab Team physical therapists are knowledgeable and trained in the latest advancements and techniques available in sports rehabilitation. 


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Pes Anserine Bursitis is a painful condition that affects young individuals involved in sporting activities and in middle-aged women that are obese. Women are more likely to present with this diagnosis secondary to a broader pelvis and the angulation of the female knees that places greater stress on the medial joint line.

The three muscles that insert at the medial joint line from anterior to posterior are the Sartorius, Gracilis and Semitendinosis. These three muscles are the primary flexors of the knee. Bursitis can result in this area from trauma, athletic overuse or arthritic degenerative joint disease of the knee.

Symptoms may include:

  • Tenderness over the medial joint line with increase in subjective c/o pain with ascending stairs
  • Localized swelling
  • Increase in signs and symptoms when rising from the seated position
  • Increase in signs and symptoms in athletes that perform side-side and cutting activities

Treatment options for Pes Anserine Bursitis may include Physical Therapy for exercise, activity modification, ultrasound, and iontophoresis. Other treatment options include rest, ice and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and steroid injection by a physician.

Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic & Sports Rehab Center

Main Office: 502-897-1794

Physical Therapy: 502-897-1790

Website: louortho.com

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