Olecranon Bursitis – Carrollton, TX
Dr. Christopher D. Allmon, a leading hand and wrist surgeon in Carrollton, TX, specializes in the treatment of Olecranon Bursitis. He uses advanced diagnostic techniques to identify the underlying cause of the condition and provide effective treatment.

Olecranon Bursitis

Bursae are sacs like structures that provide cushioning between the elbow bone and soft tissues. The fluid inside the bursa allows the movement of the overlying tissue on the bone. Any inflammation or infection of the bursa may lead to friction between the two surfaces. This condition is known as Olecranon Bursitis.

Olecranon Bursitis is also known as Elbow Bursitis, Popeye’s Elbow and Baker’s Elbow.

Causes Of Olecranon Bursitis

  • Trauma: This may cause the bursae to produce excess fluid and swell up.
  • Prolonged pressure: Leaning on a hard surface for prolonged period of time may put pressure on the elbow.
  • Occupational hazard: Olecranon Bursitis can also develop as an occupational hazard in people who need to frequently lean on their elbow, such as plumbers or air conditioning technicians.
  • Infection: This may be a result of an open wound at the tip of the elbow such as an insect bite or needle injury, which may cause infection of the bursa.
  • Medical conditions: Rheumatoid Arthritis and Gout etc. may also lead to Olecranon Bursitis.

Symptoms Of Olecranon Bursitis

  • Swelling at the back of the elbow
  • Pain in the elbow, which worsens with pressure or movement at the elbow joint
  • Drainage of pus
  • Redness and warmth over the affected area, particularly in case of infected Bursitis.
  • Fever, in some cases
  • Restricted range of motion

Diagnosis Of Olecranon Bursitis

  • After a complete evaluation of symptoms and medical history, physical examination may help to assess swelling, tenderness and range of motion of the elbow joint.
  • X-Ray may be conducted to diagnose any bone spur
  • Fine needle aspiration of the bursitis fluid may also be done to rule out any infection.

Treatment For Olecranon Bursitis

Nonsurgical Treatment:

  • Aspiration may help to relieve the symptoms of Olecranon Bursitis. The surgeon may use a fine needle to drain out the fluid from the bursae.
  • Elbow pads may be used to provide support and cushioning to the joint.
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs may be prescribed to provide relief from pain.
  • Steroid medication may be required in case of severe or persistent symptoms)
  • The patient may also be advised to avoid activities that put) direct pressure or stress at the elbow joint.

Surgical Treatment

Surgical removal of the bursae may be required in cases where Bursitis is recurrent or not relieved with non-surgical methods.

Post-surgery care

  • Splinting the elbow to offer complete rest.
  • Physiotherapy and exercise

For diagnosis and treatment of Olecranon Bursitis, visit Dr. Allmon. To schedule an appointment with the hand and wrist surgeon in Carrollton, TX, you can call at (972) 492 – 1334.