Olecranon Bursitis

Elbow Diseases & Conditions - Adelaide Orthopaedic Specialist

Olecranon bursitis is the most common bursitis around the elbow. Bursitis occurs when the bursa (a soft tissue “cushion” that lies between bone and the tendons, ligaments, or skin) becomes swollen due to inflammation, overuse, or infection.

The first line of treatment is oral anti-inflammatory medication. If infection is suspected, a broad-spectrum antibiotic may be prescribed after a specimen has been obtained by aspiration from the bursa to send for microbiological investigation. If these conservative treatments fail to improve the condition, surgery may be required to remove the bursa.

Dr James McLean provides consultation and various treatments for olecranon bursitis and a wide variety of other elbow conditions in his multiple practice locations in Adelaide and Darwin. With his extensive experience in treating upper limb conditions, he works with his patients to create tailored treatment plans which yield the best possible outcomes for their injuries. Click here for more information on other conditions involving the shoulder, hand, wrist, and elbow which Dr James McLean has a special interest in treating.

This page was adapted from https://www.elbowdoc.co.uk/soft-tissue/bursitis: click the link to read more about the condition. To find out more about olecranon bursitis or to book a consultation, contact Dr James McLean.

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