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house·maid's knee

an adventitious occupational bursitis occurring over the area of contact when kneeling; not to be confused with infrapatellar bursitis.
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housemaid's knee

A swelling of the bursa in front of the patella just beneath the skin, caused by trauma, such as that brought about by excessive kneeling.
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house·maid's knee

(hows'mādz nē)
An adventitious occupational bursitis occurring over the tibial tuberosity, the area of contact when kneeling; not to be confused with infrapatellar bursitis.
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1. The articulations formed by the distal femur, proximal tibia, and the patella. See: illustration
2. Any structure shaped like a semiflexed knee. Synonym: geniculum

Brodie knee

See: Brodie, Sir Benjamin Collins

carpetlayer's knee

Prepatellar bursitis.

game knee

A colloquial term for internal derangement of the knee joint, characterized by pain or instability, locking, and weakness. It is usually the result of a torn internal cartilage, a fracture of the tibial spine, or an injury to the collateral or cruciate ligaments.

First Aid

The knee should be immobilized with a posterior splint.


Arthroscopy and/or magnetic resonance imaging may be necessary for a definitive diagnosis.

housemaid's knee

Prepatellar bursitis.

knee of internal capsule

The curve at the meeting place of the anterior and posterior limbs of the internal capsule of the brain.

jumper's knee

A colloquial term for an overuse syndrome, marked by chronic inflammation and infrapatellar tendonitis, resulting from repetitive jumping or leg extension exercises. The usual treatment is nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, rest, and phonophoresis.

locked knee

A condition in which the leg cannot be extended. It is usually due to displacement of meniscal cartilage or dislocation of the patella.

posterolateral corner knee

The ligamentous, capsular, and muscular structures that stabilize the knee against varus, external rotation, and anterior/posterior forces. Disruption of these structures can result in posterolateral rotary instability of the knee.

replacement of knee

Orthopedic implantation of a prosthetic knee joint, particularly useful in treating patients with severe disabling arthritis of the knee. See: arthroplasty

roofer's knee

Prepatellar bursitis.

runner's knee

A colloquial term for several overuse conditions resulting from excessive exercise of the lower extremities. These may involve the extensor mechanism and other musculotendinous insertions. Patellar tendonitis (jumper's knee), patellofemoral dysfunction, iliotibial band syndrome, and pes anserinus tendonitis or bursitis have all been called by this term.

valgus knee

A medial alignment of the femur and tibia of less than 180°.
Synonym: bandy leg; bowleg; genu valgum; tibia valga See: valgus

varus knee

A lateral alignment of the femur and tibia of greater than 195°.
Synonym: genu varum See: varus
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housemaid's knee

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Repeated kneeling and crawling on the knees can irritate the bursa in front of the kneecap, so you can see why you may have developed it and why it's also called housemaid's knee.
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Any bursa can become inflamed, but bursitis most commonly occurs in the shoulder, elbow, knee (known as housemaid's knee, which I've had due to kneeling when gardening) or hip.
A FROM your description it sounds as if you have a condition colloquially known as 'housemaid's knee'.
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Princess Anne's dog savages the Queen's Corgi, and another dog bites the housemaid's knee. Then there are reports of an altercation between a royal chef and a housemaid.
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Dreena said: "Housemaid's knee is an inflammation of the bursae - the fluid-filled hollows in the tissue in front of the knee-caps.
Housemaid's knee is an irritation of the capsule of the joint caused by the repeated trauma of kneeling down (prepatellar bursitis).
The only worry is new injuries for the club physio - washday red hands and housemaid's knee.