Bursae that are not infected can be treated symptomatically with rest, ice, elevation, physiotherapy , anti-inflammatory drugs and pain medication. Since bursitis is caused by increased friction from the adjacent structures, a compression bandage is not suggested because compression would create more friction around the joint. Chronic bursitis can be amenable to bursectomy and aspiration.  Bursae that are infected require further investigation and antibiotic therapy. Steroid therapy may also be considered.  In cases when all conservative treatment fails, surgical therapy may be necessary. In a bursectomy the bursa is cut out either endoscopically or with open surgery. The bursa grows back in place after a couple of weeks but without any inflammatory component.
The various nicknames associated with prepatellar bursitis arise from the fact that it commonly occurs among those individuals whose professions require frequent kneeling , such as carpenters, carpet layers, gardeners, housemaids , mechanics, miners, plumbers, and roofers.    : p. 607 The exact incidence of the condition is not known; it is difficult to estimate because only severe septic cases require hospital admission, and mild non-septic cases generally go unreported.  : p. 607 Prepatellar bursitis is more common among males than females. It affects all age groups, but is more likely to be septic when it occurs in children.