Elbow Bursitis / Olecranon Bursitis

Elbow Bursitis / Olecranon Bursitis

What is Elbow Bursitis / Olecranon Bursitis?

Bursitis are thin, slippery sacs located throughout the body that acts as cushions between bones and soft tissues. They contain a small amount of lubricating fluid that allows the skin to move freely over the underlying bone. The olecranon bursa lies between the loose skin and the pointy bone at the back of the elbow called the olecranon. Normally, the olecranon bursa is flat. If it becomes irritated or inflamed, more fluid will accumulate in the bursa and bursitis will develop.

Signs and Symptoms

Common symptoms of elbow bursitis include swelling, pain when direct pressure on the elbow, and pus begins to drain.

Treatment Options

Common treatment options for elbow bursitis include removing the liquid from the bursa, elbow pads, activity changes, and medications.

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