This section is from the book "The Home Hand-Book of Domestic Hygiene and Rational Medicine. Volume 2.", by J. H. Kellogg, M.D.. Also available from Amazon: The Home Hand-Book of Domestic Hygiene and Rational Medicine, Volume 2.
This is a difficulty similar to weeping sinew, consisting of an enlargement of the bursa or sac found between the knee-cap and the skin covering it. Fig. 403. It derives its name from the fact that it occurs very frequently in persons who are accustomed to kneel in the work of scrubbing floors, etc. Weavers are subject to similar enlargements upon the buttocks. Persons engaged in other occupations suffer with similar difficulties in other parts of the body.
Fig. 403. House Maid's Knee.
If treated at once upon its first occurrence, this difficulty may generally be cured quite promptly by rest, the application of ice, or the alternate hot and cold spray or pour, and bandaging with flannel or rubber bandage. A cold decoction of oak-bark may also lie advantageously employed.