Elbow : Elbow Bursitis

Elbow (olecranon) Bursitis

If the point of your elbow is swollen or painful, you may be having symptoms related to a condition called Olecranon Bursitis.

The bursa is a fluid-filled sac at the curve of your elbow that acts as a cushion between tendons, bones and skin. When this area of your arm becomes irritated or inflamed, it is called bursitis.

How does Elbow Bursitis occur?
Suffering from a repeated injury, such as falling onto the elbow or rubbing the elbow against a hard surface, may cause irritation to the bursa.


  • A swollen elbow
  • Elbow irritation may or may not be painful
  • Warmth and redness in your arm joint

Potential Treatments

  • Putting ice on your elbow for 20 to 30 minutes every three to four hours until the pain and swelling go away.
  • Your healthcare provider may decide to remove some of the fluid from the swollen area on your elbow to relieve the symptoms.
  • Your healthcare provider may recommend that you take an anti-inflammatory or additional pain medication.

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