Olecranon Bursitis is a common medical condition with symptoms like inflammation
and swelling in the Bursa. Bursa is a small fluid filled sac located at
the outer portion of the elbow which provides a soft covering to the elbow
and allows for smooth movements when straightening or bending the joint.
Inflammation can cause the Bursa to produce more fluid and thus form a
painful bubble at the tip of the elbow.
The condition is also known as ‘Water Elbow’, ‘Baker’s
Elbow’ or Student Elbow’. At OrthoTexas, Plano, TX, we provide
complete diagnosis and treatment to the patients suffering from Olecranon Bursitis.
Trauma: A direct or indirect blow to the elbow tip can cause the Bursa to swell
and produce more fluid.
Prolonged pressure: Resting on the elbow tip for long hours on hard surfaces, like a tabletop,
may also cause this condition. People with certain occupations, such as
technicians or plumbers, are more at risk as they have to lean on their
elbows for long periods.
Other medical conditions: People with Rheumatoid Arthritis or Gout are also more prone to develop
- Swelling at elbow tip
- Stiffness of the joint
- Pain when the elbow comes in contact with anything
- Restricted movement of the elbow
- A bubble, which may or may not be red, protruding out of the elbow
- Fever, in rare cases
The orthopedic doctor will physically examine the symptoms and the medical
history of the patient. He may also recommend certain imaging tests, such
as X-rays, to rule out the possibility of any other problem.
The orthopedic doctors at OrthoTexas prefer to treat Olecranon Bursitis
using non-surgical techniques which may include:
Elbow Pads: This helps by providing a cushioning to support the elbow.
Medications: Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications can also help to reduce
pain and swelling.
Activity modification: Avoiding activities that puts strain on the elbow can also help relieve
Injections: If the symptoms do not begin to subside even after a few weeks, the orthopedic
doctor may prescribe injecting steroid medications directly into the Bursa.
Surgery may be recommended in severe cases of Olecranon Bursitis. If the
Bursa has been infected, the doctor may remove the Bursa to allow the
formation of a new and normal one over time. To schedule an appointment with the
orthopedic doctors at OrthoTexas, Plano, you can call at