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Elbow Bursitis Treatment

Elbow, or olecranon, bursitis can be painful and limit the movement of your elbow joint. If you have a swollen, painful elbow, you may be suffering from elbow bursitis. If you want relief from your painful elbow condition, contact the experts in orthopedic treatments in New York City. Dr. Jonathan Glashow offers effective elbow bursitis treatment at his medical facility on the Upper East Side.

Symptoms and Causes of Olecranon Bursitis

Bursae are found throughout the body and act as protection between the bone and soft tissue. These soft sacs are cushions for skin and other tissues near bone. At the point of the elbow is the olecranon bone, and the olecranon bursa is the flat pillow between the bone and skin. Bursitis, or inflammation of a bursa, often occurs when a bursa is injured or irritated from repetitive pressure or blunt impact. Elbow bursitis can be caused by trauma to the point of the elbow, repetitive leaning on an elbow or by an inflammatory condition. Symptoms of olecranon bursitis include:

  • Swollen bump on the outside of the elbow (Popeye’s elbow)
  • Pain when bending the elbow
  • Elbow feels warm to the touch
  • Redness on the elbow
  • Tenderness with pressure

Most mild or moderate cases of olecranon bursitis can be alleviated with conservative treatments. However, it is important to have your elbow condition examined and diagnosed. Some forms of elbow bursitis can involve an infection of the olecranon bursa and require medical treatment. For severe elbow inflammation, anti-inflammatory injections may be recommended to relieve pressure.

If you have a swollen, painful elbow, contact Jonathan Glashow, MD, Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine in New York City. We offer an accurate diagnosis and effective elbow bursitis treatment to relieve pain and improve elbow function.

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