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Olecranon Bursitis

Olecranon Bursitis

Facing Olecranon Bursitis? Read below to find out more on what you can do.

Olecranon bursitis is a condition characterized by inflammation and swelling of the bursa located at the tip of the elbow, called the olecranon bursa. The bursa is a small sac filled with fluid that acts as a cushion between the bone and the overlying skin and tendons. When it becomes inflamed, it can result in pain, swelling, and limited movement of the elbow.
Treatment options for olecranon bursitis can vary depending on the severity and underlying cause of the condition. Here are some common treatment approaches:
1. Conservative Management:
  • Rest: Avoid activities that aggravate the symptoms and put strain on the elbow joint.
  • Ice: Apply ice packs wrapped in a towel to the affected area for 15-20 minutes, several times a day, to reduce pain and inflammation.
  • Compression: Use a compression bandage or elbow sleeve to provide support and reduce swelling.
  • Elevation: Elevate the affected arm on a pillow or cushion to help reduce swelling.
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs): Over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen or naproxen can help alleviate pain and reduce inflammation.
2. Aspiration and Injection:
  • If the swelling persists or becomes chronic, a healthcare professional may drain the excess fluid from the bursa using a needle and syringe. This procedure, called aspiration, can provide immediate relief.
  • In some cases, corticosteroid injections may be administered into the bursa to reduce inflammation and swelling. However, repeated steroid injections should be avoided due to potential side effects.
3. Antibiotics:
  • If the bursitis is caused by an infection, antibiotics may be prescribed to treat the underlying infection. This is more common in cases of septic bursitis.
4. Physical Therapy:
  • Once the acute symptoms subside, a physical therapist may recommend specific exercises to strengthen the muscles around the elbow joint and improve range of motion.
5. Surgical Intervention:
  • In rare cases when conservative measures fail or when bursitis becomes chronic or recurrent, surgical intervention may be considered. Surgery involves removing the inflamed bursa, and in some cases, it may be followed by a period of immobilization and physical therapy.
It’s important to consult with a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan tailored to your specific situation. They will be able to determine the underlying cause of your olecranon bursitis and recommend the most suitable treatment options for you.
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Olecranon Bursitis

Olecranon Bursitis

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Dr Ananda Vella

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
MBBS (Singapore), MRCS (Edin), MMed (Ortho), FRCSEd (Orthopaedics & Trauma)
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