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Elbow (Olecranon) Bursitis
Causes, Symptoms, Risk Factors, Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment

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What is Elbow Bursitis?

Olecranon bursitis is a condition defined by swelling, redness, and pain at the tip of the elbow. It occurs in the olecranon bursa, a thin, fluid-filled sac that is found in the boney tip of the elbow.

There are a lot of bursae located in the body that function as cushions between bones and soft tissues, like skin. They tend to contain a small amount of lubricating fluid that supports the soft tissues to move freely.

Elbow Olecranon bursa is flat in shape. As it becomes more irritated or inflamed over time, the more fluid will accumulate in the bursa leading to further development of bursitis.

Elbow (Olecranon) Bursitis: What is Elbow (Olecranon) Bursitis, its Causes?

What are the causes of Elbow Bursitis?

Some of the very common elbow bursitis causes are as mentioned below:

  • Elbow injury or trauma
  • Repetitive pressure on the elbow
  • Inflammation
  • Infections
References: 
  • Elbow Bursitis. WebMD. Available at: https://www.webmd.com/arthritis/olecranon-bursitis Accessed on June 16th, 2020.
  • Elbow Bursitis. Arthistis. Available at: https://www.arthritis-health.com/types/bursitis/elbow-olecranon-bursitis Accessed on June 16th, 2020.
  • Elbow Bursitis. Healthline. Available at: https://www.healthline.com/health/sports-injuries/elbow-bursitis Accessed on June 16th, 2020.
  • Elbow Bursitis. Mayo Clinic. Available at: https://sportsmedicine.mayoclinic.org/condition/elbow-bursitis/ Accessed on June 16th, 2020.
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“The content of this publication has been developed by a third party content provider who is clinicians and/or medical writers and/or experts. The information contained herein is for educational purpose only and we request you to please consult a Registered Medical Practitioner or Doctor before deciding the appropriate diagnosis and treatment plan.”

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