Olecranon Bursitis

Olecranon Bursitis

What is Olecranon Bursitis?

It is a swelling of a bursal tissue at the tip of the elbow (also known as the olecranon).

Olecranon bursitis occurs when the olecranon bursa becomes inflamed, swollen and painful.

MRI of the elbow showing olecranon bursitis.

MRI of olecranon bursitis

Sometimes the olecranon bursa can become infected and pus may drain out of through the skin. Some of these patients may require surgery to remove the inflamed olecranon bursal tissues.

Treatment of Olecranon Bursitis

  • Oral anti-inflammatory medications.
  • Ice the painful swelling.
  • Oral antibiotics if infected.
  • Aspiration of the bursal swelling.
  • Surgical excision.

 

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ABOUT DR HC CHANG

  • 16 years of experience in surgical and non-surgical procedures in sports injuries.
  • Received multiple awards and accolades in the Orthopaedic field.
  • He is a USA Sports Medicine Fellowship trained Orthopaedic Surgeon and is a member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America as well as the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine.
  • Published many acclaimed articles on Sports Medicine. If you are experiencing one or more of the symptoms mentioned above, it is important to get a prompt and accurate diagnosis to determine the severity of your injury and get proper treatment immediately.

 

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