Elbow Bursitis or Olecranon Bursitis is a condition caused due to swelling of the bursa, a sac containing a limited amount of fluid that helps in movement of the elbow. The bursa is located between the tissues and the bones. When it gets inflamed, it leads to production of extra fluid making the elbow difficult to move. People involved in activities that require repeated leaning over elbow such as gardening, raking, carpentry, painting etc. are at a higher risk of developing the condition.


Prolonged Pressure: Exerting pressure on the tip of the elbow for a long duration of time may lead to swelling of the bursa. Moreover leaning on hard surfaces such as tabletops, desks may also aggravate the condition.

Infection: Elbow Injuries such as insect bite, scrape, wound can cause infection of the bursa.

Medical Conditions: Conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, Thyroid, Osteoarthritis etc. may cause Elbow Bursitis. Sudden Fall: An accident or a fall on the elbow may cause inflammation of the bursa.


  • Swelling at the tip of the elbow
  • Pain at the back of elbow
  • Redness
  • Limited range of motion
  • Tenderness Weakness


  • The doctor may physically examine the elbow and look for the symptoms.
  • He may recommend certain imaging tests such as X-ray, CT scan, MRI or ultrasound to determine the severity of the condition.
  • In some cases, blood tests may be done to identify the underlying cause of the condition.


Compression: Using a splint or an elastic bandage may provide support to the elbow and reduce swelling. Wearing elbow pads may help to restrict the elbow’s movement.

Medications: Taking anti-inflammatory medications with the prescription of the doctor may help in relieving pain.

Rest: The doctor may suggest providing sufficient rest to the elbow. Activities that may exert pressure on the elbow must be avoided.

Aspiration: In this procedure, the doctor will remove the extra fluid from the bursa with the help of a syringe.

Icing And Heat Therapy: Ice packs may be applied on the affected area at frequent intervals to reduce swelling and pain. Heat therapy may also be beneficial in reducing discomfort.

Elevation: It may be advisable to keep the affected elbow elevated above the level of heart to reduce inflammation.

Physical Therapy: The orthopedic doctor may suggest some specific exercises to restore the flexibility and strength of the elbow joint.

Surgery: When non-surgical treatments become ineffective, a surgery may be recommended. The doctors at OrthoTexas offer comprehensive treatment of Elbow Bursitis and other medical conditons.