Housemaid's knee is a condition that's

Housemaid's knee is a condition that's
also known as prepatellar bursitis.

Overlying your kneecap
you have a capsule called a bursa,

which is like a fluid-filled sac.

Sometimes that sac can become inflamed
and that's what housemaid's knee is.

The symptoms are swelling and pain
over the kneecap.

Sometimes it can be hot and red as well
in that area.

There are many causes
of housemaid's knee.

The most common cause is through
repetitive pressure to that area.

If you do a lot of kneeling
through your job or hobbies,

that's one of the most likely causes.

Another cause is a direct sudden injury
to the knee,

like a direct blow to the knee,
that can cause it.

Also people who suffer
from gout or rheumatoid arthritis

are predisposed
to getting housemaid's knee.

If your housemaid's knee
is due to infection,

you might also have symptoms of fever
and feeling generally unwell.

If you have these symptoms
you should see your doctor

because the infection would need
to be treated with antibiotics.

If infection's been ruled out,

the best treatment for housemaid's knee
is rest, ice packs and painkillers.

The GP might also recommend
that you see a physiotherapist

to help with exercises to help prevent
the housemaid's knee coming again

and also to help you walk more easily
with the current episode.

It's definitely possible to help prevent
housemaid's knee recurring again.

The ways of doing this are

using knee pads or big foam cushions
under your knees

if you're doing actions like kneeling

and taking regular breaks

from any activity
putting pressure over the knees.

If you think you have housemaid's knee,

the best thing to do is see your GP,

who can confirm the diagnosis,
rule out infection

and give you advice
as to the best way to manage it.