Olecranon Bursitis: Causes, Symptoms And Treatment

by Administrator 19. October 2015 13:10

Olecranon Bursitis is a common condition that occurs due to inflammation of the olecranon bursa that is located at the outside of the elbow. The bursa is a thin sac containing synovial fluid that acts as a cushion between the skin and the bony tip of the elbow. Bursitis occurs due to the irritation of the synovium, a thin outer membrane of the olecranon bursa. Also known as Student’s Elbow, Popeye’s Elbow and Miner’s Elbow, the condition causes a painful bump at the outer tip of the elbow.


  • Leaning on the elbow for a long time or on hard surface
  • Hard blow at the tip of the elbow
  • Falling on the elbow
  • Crawling in tight spaces
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis and Gout
  • Infection of bursa


  • Swelling
  • Restricted range of motion
  • Redness and warmth at the tip of the elbow
  • Pus in case of infection
  • Tenderness
  • Fever


The orthopedic doctor may physically examine the arm and elbow to check for swelling. He may recommend an X-ray to rule out the possibility of a bone spur or a foreign body. The doctor may also take the sample of the bursa fluid to know if the condition is caused due to an infection or Gout.


Depending upon the severity, Olecranon Bursitis can be treated surgically as well as non-surgically. If the condition is due to any infection, the orthopedic doctor may suggest removing the fluid from the bursa using a syringe. He may prescribe certain antibiotics to prevent the infection from spreading to other parts of the elbow. If the bursitis is not caused due to an infection, the doctor may recommend using elbow pads to cushion the elbow and refrain from strenuous activities to avoid putting pressure on the affected joint. He may also prescribe anti-inflammatory medicines to reduce swelling.

In severe cases, Olecranon Bursitis may need to be treated surgically. During the procedure, the orthopedic surgeon may remove the bursa or the damaged part of the elbow bone. Post-surgery, the patient may be suggested to use a splint or cast to immobilize the elbow for a few weeks or till complete recovery.

For effective treatment of Olecranon Bursitis, visit Dr. Kulwicki. To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon in Flower Mound, TX, you can call at (972) 899 – 4679 or visit 4951 Long Praire Road Suite 100, Flower Mound, Texas 75028.

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