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Olecranon Bursitis Overview

Another name for Olecranon Bursitis is Elbow Bursitis.

What is elbow bursitis?
A person with elbow bursitis has inflammation of the bursa near the elbow joint. The inflammation may be caused by injury, overuse or infection. A bursa is a small sac that is filled with very slippery fluid. The bursa acts as a lubricating pad between a tendon and bone. Elbow bursitis is more common in the elderly and in those with rheumatoid arthritis, gout, or a sports-related injury.

What are the symptoms of elbow bursitis?
Symptoms of elbow bursitis include elbow pain that is usually worse after periods of activity. Other symptoms include elbow swelling, elbow redness, warmth, and tenderness.

How does the doctor treat elbow bursitis?
Treatment for elbow bursitis may include rest, cold compresses, elevation, and elastic wrapping. Other measures include physical therapy and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Oral corticosteroids or injectable corticosteroids may be used in more serious cases.

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Last Updated: Jul 31, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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