Olecranon Bursitis

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.

Olecranon Bursitis

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.

How is olecranon bursitis treated?

There are a few treatments to olecranon bursitis:

Acute olecranon bursitis – Sudden Injury to the elbow

  • Drainage of the excess fluid in the bursa with a needle.
  • Surgery to remove the fluid or remove the bursae may be needed for severe cases.

Chronic olecranon busitis – Overuse injury to the elbow

  • Oral Anti-inflammatory medicine to reduce the inflammation.
  • Anti-inflammatory injection, a faster way to reduce the inflammation compare with oral medicine.
  • Shockwave therapy, transmitting high energy sound wave to the elbow to speed up the body’s healing mechanism.
  • Platelet rich plasma therapy, to heal the bursitis using your own platelets.
  • Surgery for severe olecranon bursitis case, to drain the fluid or remove the bursae.

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