Elbow olecranon bursitis
Olecranon bursitis describes inflammation to the bursa on the back of the elbow called the olecranon bursa. Bursae are small fluid 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.
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. The second reasons are classified as non-mechanical and this involves getting an infection in the bursae or systemic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or gout that affects the bursae.
In regards to olecranon bursitis, the major symptoms are pain, swelling, restriction of elbow movement and a visible lump on the elbow.
The treatment for elbow bursitis will depend on its nature and cause. Chiropractic and physiotherapy treatments are important.