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Is Pes Anserine Bursitis Painful & How Long Does it last?

Bursae are small jelly-like sacs spread throughout the human body, especially in the knees, heels, shoulders, elbows, and hips. These are mostly found in between a bone and soft tissue acting as a cushion for these soft tissues. One such bursa is located between the three hamstrings and tibia or shine bone. If for any reason, it gets high pressure or a sudden blow, inflammation may occur due to the higher production of fluids and swelling. This medical condition is called Per Anserine Bursitis. As the bursa swells, pain is felt as it puts pressure on the adjacent parts of the knee. If proper medical care is not given pain increases and sometimes become severe.[1]

Is Pes Anserine Bursitis Painful & How Long Does it last?

Is Pes Anserine Bursitis Painful?

Bursitis means a specific bursa is irritated mostly due to any external pressure and then inflamed. This condition is very painful. The pain increases if not taken care of in time. Certain positions and activities aggravate the pain of pes anserine bursitis. If these positions and activities are not avoided, condition worsens.[2]

Different Feelings of Pain in Pes Anserine Bursitis

In pes Anserine Bursitis, pain and other symptoms may occur in the following ways:

  • In most of the cases, pain is felt approximately 2-3 inches below the knee. This is the position of the bursa in the knee.
  • There may not be any constant pain but pain can be felt by touching the inner, lower side of the knee.
  • Pain in Pes Anserine Bursitis is felt on bending the knee, for example while walking or sitting on a chair.
  • Pain may be felt while moving the leg in some specific positions like while stretching but not otherwise.[3]

Along with pain, the inner, lower portion just below the knee may swell up a bit which can be easily felt from outside. The pes Anserine Bursitis pain may be severe in certain conditions if not treated in the first instance.

How Long Does the Pain in Pes Anserine Bursitis Last?

Normally, sufficient rest along with medicines and therapy are required to recuperate from this painful condition. Physical therapists provide proper guidance regarding the movement of the legs and body. They also show some exercises if necessary. If the problem is not severe and the patient is following the advices of the doctor and physical therapist, then the pain goes away within 1-3 weeks depending on the extent of the injury. However, in some cases, more time may be required to get a complete relief from the pain.


Pes Anserine Bursitis is a common problem especially among sportspersons and people who need to lift a heavyweight or walk for too long with heavy weight. Surgery is rare in this medical condition. However, the problem requires immediate attention as it may cause severe pain and restrict the movement of the affected person. With the relevant medical care, a patient can get rid of the pain and problem permanently. Experts can show some exercises for the legs and knees to improve the muscle flexibility so that such problem does not occur easily in future.


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Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Team PainAssist, Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:April 18, 2023

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