Can bursitis occur without an autoimmune condition? Bursitis in multiple joints not just one joint. I have a meniscal tear in both my knees. The one knee occasionally will swell up especially in the back and the outer left portion above knee cap I also have a pain in my hip and my right ankle. They both seem like bursitis. Can these occur from on autoimmune condition or osteoarthritis? Also I have noticed these flare ups occur more intense prior to my period. The orthopedic doctor I see has done MRIs and hasn't told me if he sees anything unusual. Would he be able to recognize on autoimmune condition or arthritis with an MRI?