Bursitis, anyone?


New Member
Sep 25, 2009
So I've been diagnosed with bursitis in the back of my knee. It's not too bad at the moment, but it does tend to worsen when I start cycling more heavily again. At the moment, it is a relatively small swelling with a chronic mild ache. It only really bothers me when it is compressed when my knee is bent at an acute angle, or if I have been straining it for a longer length of time. It bothers me most if I squat down.

I started cycling last December, and this didn't start until late July. By then I had been doing 25 mile rides twice (sometimes three times) a week at about 11-12 mph for several months.

When the pain and swelling started, I took an entire month off and iced it regularly. When I started back, I took it very slow and rode shorter distances. I iced after each ride. It didn't seem to worsen much unless I pushed myself, but it hasn't improved. I've learned to tune it out.

I also started jogging recently for short stretches. I've been at it about three weeks, taking it very slow, and I'm up to doing a routine of jogging for three minutes then walking for 90 seconds for about 1.5-2 miles. Oddly, the bursitis doesn't usually bother me as much when running. If it is unusually painful, then I just walk.

I would be interested in hearing if anyone has dealt with this before and what treatments they tried. I don't have health insurance, so having it drained or taking steroids is out of the question at the moment. Does anyone know of a wrap or brace of some sort that might help? I've been told that support can help. Should I continue the cold therapy? Add heat therapy? Any suggestions would be so appreciated!