Olecranon Bursitis - Carrollton, TX
Dr. Fagelman provides comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of orthopedic conditions affecting the elbow joint. He uses advanced surgical and non-surgical techniques to treat Olecranon Bursitis.

Olecranon Bursitis

Olecranon Bursitis a medical condition characterized by inflammation of a fluid filled sac, known as bursa. It is located at the back of the elbow and facilitates the movement of the joint. The condition occurs when the synovial tissue that forms a lining of the bursa, gets inflamed. This leads to accumulation of fluid and formation of a painful bump at the outer tip of the elbow. People suffering from medical conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, kidney failure etc. are at a higher risk of developing this condition.

Causes Of Olecranon Bursitis

  • Trauma: A sudden blow to the elbow can cause excess fluid to build up in the bursa.
  • Prolonged Pressure: Excessive pressure on the tip of the elbow for a long period of time can lead to inflammation of the bursa.  
  • Infection: Elbow injuries involving a cut in the skin may cause infection of the bursa. If left untreated, it may lead to formation of pus.

Symptoms Of Olecranon Bursitis

  • Swelling at the back of the elbow
  • Pain while moving or exerting pressure on the affected area
  • Redness and warmth
  • Limited range of motion
  • Fever or chills

Diagnosis Of Olecranon Bursitis

The orthopedic doctor may physically examine the patient to look for swelling and pain. He may conduct certain blood tests to determine the cause of the condition. An X-ray may be recommended to rule out a fracture or a bone spur.

Treatment For Olecranon Bursitis

  • Medication: Anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed by the doctor to relieve pain and swelling.
  • Draining The Fluid: The doctor may conduct aspiration which involves removing the fluid with the help of a syringe and needle. He may apply a tight bandage after the process to ensure that the fluid does not build up again.
  • Rest:  The patient may be advised to take sufficient rest to reduce swelling and discomfort. Avoiding strenuous activities may also help in fast recovery from the condition.
  • Ice: Ice packs and heat pads may also be applied at regular intervals to minimize inflammation and pain.
  • Elevation:  Keeping the elbow raised above the heart level may help in improving the condition.
  • Elbow Pads: Elbow pads may be suggested by a doctor to provide support and cushioning to the joint.
If non-surgical treatments do not relieve the symptoms, a surgery may be recommended. Rehabilitation exercises may be suggested by a physician to improve strength and flexibility of the elbow muscles. He may also advise wearing a splint to protect the arm from any further injury.

For treatment of Olecranon Bursitis and other elbow conditions, visit Dr. Fagelman. To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic doctor in Carrollton, TX, call at (972) 492 – 1334.