Olecranon Bursitis

Editor: Dr. Amy Spencer, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, CSCS, CKTP - A Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy and Certified Manual Therapist. Owner and Physical Therapist, Specialized Physical Therapy in North Reading, MA.

A bursa refers to a fluid-filled sac that is designed to reduce friction, so your elbow joint can smoothly flex back and forth. The olecranon bursa overlies the tip of Specialized Physical Therapy Olecranon Bursitisthe elbow and can become inflamed. Inflammation in the olecranon bursa will result in pain and limited movement of your elbow.

Symptoms of Olecranon Bursitis:

Pain at the tip of your elbow during movement or while applying pressure is a common symptom of olecranon bursitis. Your elbow may also be swollen, red, and warm to the touch. Another symptom of olecranon bursitis is the inability to move your elbow freely without pain.

Causes of Olecranon Bursitis:

This form of elbow injury can be caused from over use of the joint, an infection, prolonged pressure on the elbow, or trauma to the tip of the elbow. You can also develop olecranon bursitis if you suffer from systemic diseases like gout or rheumatoid arthritis.

Treatment of Olecranon Bursitis:

Physical therapy may not be recommended for the treatment of olecranon bursitis, but it can help speed up the recovery process. If the condition becomes severe and does not respond to physical therapy, a bursectomy (removal of the bursa) may be the best course of action. It is important to consult with a physical therapist to determine the right treatment for your particular case.

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