Elbow olecranon bursitis
Olecranon bursitis describes inflammation to the bursa on the back of the elbow called the olecranon bursa. Bursae are small pillows to cushion soft tissues as they go over hard tissues such as bone. They reduce friction and allow things to move freely over one and other.
Causes of olecranon bursitis
There are two categories of why bursae may become inflamed. The first is mechanical factors and this may include trauma, prolonged pressure and repetitive stress such as that in overuse injuries. The second reasons is classified as non-mechanical and this involves getting an infection in the bursae or systemic inflections such as rheumatoid arthritis or gout that infects the bursae.
Symptoms of olecranon bursitis
In regards to olecranon bursitis the major symptoms are pain, swelling, restriction of elbow movement and visual ball like bump on the elbow. If there is an infectious or systemic cause they redness and heat by come from an infected bursae and the signs and symptoms elsewhere in the body of the primary disease.
Treatment of olecranon bursitis
Chiropractor and physiotherapists offer treatments for mechanical causes of bursitis. If the bursitis is from an infection or underlying disease then your chiropractor or physiotherapist will refer you to the appropriate doctor for medication such as antibiotics. For mechanical causes of elbow bursitis your chiropractor or physiotherapist at Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) will look at what the underlying cause of your bursitis is. If it is a pressure issue then elbow pads may be given, for a overuse injury activity modification and rest may be given. Identifying the cause, reducing pain and enhancing function will be the primary goals of your chiropractor or physiotherapist.