What is Olecranon Bursitis?

By blogwriter
June 14, 2016

Olecranon bursitis, often referred to as an "elbow bump, " "popeye's elbow" or “student's elbow” is a condition characterized by redness, swelling and pain near the olecranon. It is caused by the inflammation or swelling up of your elbow’s bursa.The bursa can be found above the extensors of the ulna’s farthest proximal end. It is known to be impalpable, containing very little fluid and facilitates joint movement by encouraging the smooth gliding of anatomical structures over one another.

Why does olecranon bursitis occur?

This condition usually develops due to the elbow receiving some sort of injury, e.g. a rough blow. It often also develops as a result of repetitive minor injuries like constantly leaning your elbow on a firm surface.

There is a greater risk for developing olecranon bursitis if your hobby or job requires repetitive movement, e.g. leaning the elbow while working on the computer or playing tennis or golf. There is a greater possibility of getting olecranon bursitis as you grow older.

What are the symptoms of olecranon bursitis?

Symptoms of olecranon bursitis include elbow swelling and a limited range of motion. Pain may also be mild in the beginning, increasing over time. and eventually impacting the entire arm. Sharp pains may also be experienced due to pressing of the nerve adjacent to the olecranon with the swelled-up bursa increasing in size.

What are the treatment options available?

Minor cases of olecranon bursitis require icing, avoiding any strenuous activity and a hard compression bandage. This is typically supplemented with topical or oral anti-inflammatory medicines like NSAIDs. If fluid still returns after multiple drainings or if the bursa is consistently painful, then minor surgery may be undertaken for bursa removal.

Interested in Learning More About Olecranon Bursitis? Contact Dr. Stephen Franzino at Sports Medicine of Napa Valley

For more information about the Olecranon Bursitis and its treatment, contact Dr. Stephen Franzino, Sports Medicine of Napa Valley. We are located in Napa Valley and can be contacted directly at 707.258.2547. We look forward to hearing from you soon.





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