Is that knee pain you get only when kneeling possibly caused by bursitis in this joint?

“Infrapatellar bursitis can lead to pain while kneeling,” says Devin B. Peck, MD, owner of Austin Interventional Pain in Austin, TX.

Dr. Peck explains, “In fact, superficial infrapatellar bursitis is commonly known as ‘clergyman’s knee’ or ‘plumber’s knee,’ a reference to kneeling.

“Prepatellar bursitis can also lead to pain with kneeling, although it can also result in non-painful swelling over the kneecap. Prepatellar bursitis is sometimes known as housemaid’s knee.’”

Be aware that another condition, unrelated to bursitis, can cause pain in the knee only when kneeling.

It’s called chondromalacia patella or patellofemoral syndrome.

However, this condition usually also causes discomfort when going up stairs, running, jogging and/or sometimes jumping.

The discomfort may be a strong or dull ache and/or a sensation of fullness or tightness under the kneecap.

Dr. Peck’s areas of interest include chronic and acute musculoskeletal pain, sports injuries, arthritis and cancer pain, among many others. Austin Interventional Pain was established in 2019.
Lorra Garrick has been covering medical, fitness and cybersecurity topics for many years, having written thousands of articles for print magazines and websites, including as a ghostwriter. She’s also a former ACE-certified personal trainer.  


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