How is olecranon bursitis treated?
Treatment for sudden (acute) bursitis may include drainage of excess fluid in the sac with a needle, followed by injections of medicines into the sac to decrease inflammation and promote healing.
Treatment for ongoing (chronic) bursitis using anti-inflammatory medicines. Antibiotic medicines may be needed to treat infection, and surgery may be needed to drain or remove (excise) the bursa.
What is olecranon bursitis?
Bursitis is an inflammation to the small sac of fluid (bursae) that enables the joints to move smoothly. Olecranon bursitis, also known as Popeye elbow, is in inflammation to the olecranon bursa at the back of the elbow. The bump that forms at the back of the elbow looks like the cartoon character Popeye’s elbow.
What causes olecranon bursitis?
Generally, there are three common causes of olecranon bursitis:
- Inflammation to the bursa.
- Sudden injury to the elbow.
- Infection to the elbow.
What are the symptoms of olecranon bursitis?
Symptoms of olecranon bursitis are:
- Pain with movement of the elbow or pressure on the elbow.
- Swelling. One lump may be seen or felt at the back of the elbow. The lump may be tender to touch.
- Redness, warmth and swollen to your elbow.
How is olecranon bursitis diagnosed?
Your doctor may refer you for an X-ray to your elbow to rule out any broken bone and physical examination perform by the doctor.