Orthopedic Treatment For Olecranon Bursitis

by Administrator 12. February 2015 09:10

Olecranon Bursitis is an inflammation in elbow, which is caused as a result of enlargement of a small sac of fluid located on the tip of the elbow. The fluid is present in the bursa, which is located where the muscles or tendons slide over the bone. This fluid helps reduce friction between the sliding parts.


The olecranon bursa can be become irritated and inflamed due to a number of reasons:

  • Direct blow or fall over the elbow that may cause bleeding in the bursa sac. This can result in inflammation of the sac
  • Excessive pressure on the bursa
  • Infection of the tissue near the bursa
  • Any blood- borne infection
  • Medical conditions such as arthritis or gout

In many cases the condition occurs without any apparent reason, which in medical terms is known as idiopathic. It can also be due to a mild injury that the patient may have forgotten about.


The initial symptoms of the condition is swelling in the area near the elbow or loosening of the skin on the back of the elbow. The bursa begins to stretch out as long as swelling continues causing pain, which worsens when direct pressure is put on the elbow. This swelling may also grow large enough to restrict the motion of the elbow. Redness, warmth, fever and chills can also be felt due to infection in the area.  If the condition is not treated for a longer period, it may also result in draining of the abscess or seeping out of the pus.


It is important to get Olecranon Bursitis treated from an orthopedic doctor who may diagnose the condition based on physical examination. X-Ray may also be required to ensure that no fracture has occurred.
The treatment options for the condition include:

Non- Surgical Treatment:

  • Treatment requires taking ample of rest and restricting the motion of the arm. An elbow pad might also be used for giving maximum rest to the elbow.
  • The orthopedic surgeon may prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs to control the swelling.

Surgical Treatment:

If the infection takes a long time to heal then surgery is the last resort. Two types of surgery can be sought, namely bursa drainage and bursa removal. The surgeon will determine the treatment process depending on the extent of the condition. Rest and rehabilitation are necessary after the surgery, which may take weeks to heal completely.

For more information about the elbow injuries and the treatment options available in Flower Mound, TX , feel free to contact Dr. Kevin J. Kulwicki at (972) 899 – 4679.

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