Olecranon bursa is a fluid-filled sac that lubricates the olecranon (the bony point of your elbow) and allows the skin to slide over the bone smoothly. When the bursa is inflamed, fluid levels in it increase and a noticeable swelling/lump forms on the outside, for which the medical term is olecranon bursitis
This can occur due to a number of reasons:
- Trauma à a hard blow to the tip of the elbow
- Repeated microtrauma à prolonged pressure (leaning on the elbow for a long time), constant bumping
- Infection à insect bite or scraping the elbow
Fortunately, although the swelling can sometimes become the size of an egg or a golf ball, there is usually no pain associated with it.
At the clinic, one of the treatment methods we apply are the P.R.I.C.E. principles (protect, rest, ice, compression and elevation). In combination with these principles, we provide services like ultrasounds and trigger point therapy that help accelerate the treatment.