Elbow bursitis is likely to cause discomfort, but know that people with elbow bursitis usually improve with simple treatment. Sometimes the cause of the bursitis will be clear, well other times it seemingly appears out of nowhere. Most patients are more bothered by the appearance of the lump on the back of their elbow, rather than the severity of symptoms. However, when the symptoms become bothersome there are effective treatments that can help reduce the swelling. Invasive treatments and surgery should be approached with caution as elbow bursitis can get infected, and can become recurrent. Simple treatments should be tried if possible.
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Olecranon bursitis is a condition in which swelling and inflammation occur in a small fluid-filled sac (the bursa) at the tip of the elbow. The bursa forms a soft cover over the elbow tip and allows the skin to glide smoothly when one bends and extends the elbow. When it becomes inflamed, sometimes from a repetitive task or a direct bump, the bursa can produce more fluid. This leads to swelling and a painful bubble at the elbow tip. This condition can also occur in the knee, shoulder, and other joints in the body.
Olecranon bursitis is also known as "student elbow," "baker's elbow" and "water elbow." Physicians at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush Hand, Wrist & Elbow Institute are skilled in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of olecranon bursitis and other painful elbow conditions.