The olecranon bursa is located at the point of the elbow, providing a cushion between the skin and bones on the elbow. Bursae are fluid-filled sacs that act as a barrier between soft tissues and bone to allow smooth movement. Elbow bursitis at the olecranon bone is an inflammation or swelling of the olecranon bursa. Dr. Steven Struhl is a top sports medicine and orthopedic surgeon who offers elbow bursitis treatment at his clinics in NYC and Westchester, NY.
Causes and Symptoms of Olecranon Elbow Bursitis
Bursitis occurs when there is an injury, infection or inflammation affecting a bursa. The olecranon bone is located at the top of the ulna or forearm bone, the pointy protrusion at the outside of the elbow. While most bursae are protected by muscles and tendons, the olecranon bursa is directly under the skin. Leaning on the elbow or impact to the outside of the elbow can irritate the olecranon bursa, as well as repetitive motions, infection, arthritis and certain medical conditions. Symptoms of elbow bursitis include:
- Swelling on outside of the elbow
- Elbow pain
- Tenderness at the point of the elbow
- Redness on outside of the elbow
Elbow bursitis treatment depends on the cause of the inflammation. For injuries and arthritis, relieving the inflammation with anti-inflammatory medications, ice and rest can be effective. If the bursa inflammation is caused by infection, aspiration of the bursa with a needle combined with antibiotic treatment may be recommended. If there are underlying conditions, like bone spurs or arthritis, causing elbow bursitis, treatment of these conditions can offer relief.
If you have elbow bursitis of the olecranon bone, treatment is available at Shoulders & Knees orthopedic clinics in NYC and Westchester. Contact us to schedule an exam and consultation with Dr. Steven Struhl to determine the best treatment for your elbow bursitis.