Olecranon Bursitis is an inflammation of the sacs of fluid on your arm that allow your elbow to move. This causes elbow pain and may also be called a “Popeye Elbow.
What is it?
What Causes It?
Olecranon bursitis occurs when the small fluid-filled cushions (bursa) that sit between the elbow bones, muscles and tendons swell and become inflamed. The most common causes of inflammation are:
- A direct blow to the elbow that causes the bursa to produce more fluid.
- Prolonged pressure on the tip of the elbow when leaning on a hard surface gradually leads to swelling in the bursa.
- A bacterial infection in the sac may lead to inflammation due to:
- broken skin due to a wound, scrape or insect bite
- Medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and gout can lead to olecranon bursitis.
Symptoms of elbow pain include but are not limited to:
- Pain when moving the elbow
- Several questions will be asked about the elbow pain (location, intensity, aggravators/relievers).
- A few simple tests can be done to see the strength and movement of the elbow joint.
While the above steps can quickly diagnose olecranon bursitis, an x-ray scan may be performed to confirm the diagnosis. Also, your doctor may request a fluid test to determine the cause of bursitis.
Treatments for olecranon bursitis include:
- Fluid drainage from the elbow (if due to an infection)
- Antibiotics (if due to an infection)
- Anti-inflammatory medication to reduce the inflammation
- Rest the elbow from pressure
- Use an ice pack to reduce the swelling
- Steroid injection for temporary pain relief for severe or chronic cases
- Surgery to remove the bursa for severe or chronic cases
How long until I get better?
Get early treatment to avoid more damage to the elbow and prevent recurrences, so the condition does not become chronic.
Tips and Tricks
- Modify Activities That Require You To Put Pressure On Your Elbow.
- Use Elbow Pads To Give Protection, Especially When Leaning On The Elbow Is Unavoidable.
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