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How to Mend Your Olecranon (Elbow) Bursitis

Updated on October 26, 2012

The bursa is sac-like tissue typically located at major joints (knee, elbow, shoulder, etc...) between bone, muscle, tendons and skin. This particular tissue helps to decrease rubbing, friction and irritation between other tissues of the body, resulting in more fluid movement. The bursa located in the elbow, also referred to as the Subcutaneous Olecranon Bursa, provides cushioning for the joint and is located just below the skin.


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The bursa in the elbow has a greater risk of injury due to its location close to the surface of the skin. Some causes of elbow bursitis include acute or chronic trauma to the elbow, infections from abrasions to the skin (also referred to as "Septic Bursitis"), and crystal deposits (crystallization of excess Uric acid caused by gout or Rheumatoid Arthritis). Elbow bursitis may also be the result of a repetitive strain injury, weakened muscles and tendons, or any previous elbow injuries.


What Symptoms Should You Expect?

Initially you will feel a significant level of pain around the back of your elbow and your range of motion (ROM) will decrease. This injury will limit your ability to perform your daily tasks. Once the bursa is injured it will become inflamed and the sac-like structure of the bursa may fill with fluid resulting in a significant amount of swelling right at the joint of the elbow.

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What Treatments are Available to Mend Your Olecranon (Elbow) Bursitis?

If you have elbow bursitis you should consult a physician in order to determine whether your injury is infected. If your elbow is in fact infected the infection must be treated before alternative treatment methods are administered to heal your injury. It is important that you receive a course of treatment that will completely heal your bursitis, as it is likely that this condition will cause some long-term difficulties in proper rehabilitation of your elbow.

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As soon as your elbow is injured your body triggers natural events that isolate damaged tissue and prepare it for healing. The main symptoms you will immediately feel after injury - the swelling, redness (rubor), heat (calor), pain (dolor), and loss of function - are really just signs that your body is starting to heal.

Unfortunately when your elbow is swollen and inflamed the damaged tissue is blocking vital blood flow from coming into to continue the natural healing process. When your blood flow is blocked, the other healthy tissue in your elbow is starved of oxygen, nutrients and antibodies needed for your healthy tissue to thrive and for your injured bursa to heal. This is why it's never good to let a new injury stay untreated for too long.

Using cold compression immediately following an elbow injury, re-injury, or surgery reduces pain and swelling and reduces the tissue damage that occurs with soft tissue injuries.

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Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy

What can be done for your elbow when the swelling is gone, but the pain is still there? Once the swelling is gone our bodies are starving for the naturally occurring oxygen, nutrients, antibodies and energy available in our blood. Blood flow is like the life force of our bodies, and the healing process really takes off only when the bursa receives proper blood flow.

If you want to heal quickly you need to keep your blood flow moving constantly, but you also need to make sure your elbow is actively getting rid of cellular waste and toxins. This is where BFST® comes in, but what exactly is BFST® and how can it help to accelerate healing?

BFST® is exactly what it seems - it's a therapy that substantially increases the flow of blood to your elbow without the need to exercise your already damaged tissue.

Think about your injured soft tissue as if it is a sponge that has dried out. Your damaged tissue is waiting there ready to absorb all of the benefits of increased blood flow but your body is unable to keep up with the demand of what your tissue needs. BFST® boosts your body's natural blood flow, delivering oxygen, nutrients, antibodies and energy directly to the source of your pain. Once you start receiving all of the benefits BFST® has to offer your injured elbow becomes like a sponge that now has enough blood flow within reach to soak up everything good that is in your blood flow. Increased blood flow through BFST® also acts as a cleanser for your tissue, whisking away all toxins and cellular waste.

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Treating Your Olecranon (Elbow) Bursitis!

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When is Surgery an Option & What Surgical Procedures Mend Olecranon (Elbow) Bursitis?

If your bursa is infected and you are unable to drain the additional fluid by yourself you may need to have a surgical procedure to help get rid of the infection. During a bursa drainage the surgeon will make a small incision on your elbow to insert a drain tube that will keep your bursa open allowing it to drain for several days. After the bursa has been drained the tube will be removed and the incision will be closed.

If you have a thickened bursa and are unable to heal your elbow bursitis through non-surgical treatments a surgeon can remove your bursa. During a bursa removal procedure the surgeon will make a small incision over the tip of your elbow; which allows them to remove your thickened bursa. The incision is then closed with stitches or sutures. Extensive rehabilitation will be required to stretch your elbow joint, however you can expect for your bursa to grow back after the thickened bursa has been removed.

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Olecranon (Elbow) Bursitis Questions & Comments

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      Gouttreatment 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing such a good knowledge.

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      MendMeShop LM 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hello Leonie,

      Bursitis responds very well to ultrasound therapy. Ultrasound therapy is a great way to decrease inflammation, pain and scar tissue that has built up within the bursa. It is based on a form of deep thermal therapy, which is generated through high frequency sound waves that reach into the cells of the tissue. The sound waves help to reduce the fluid build up in the bursa sac, heal any tissue damaged through trauma, reduce scar tissue, as well as reduce any crystal or calcification deposits that may be present in the area.

      Our Lavender Infusion Ultrasound Gel has natural anti-inflammatory, muscles relaxers, and pain revilers in it so when you use the ultrasound in conjunction with the gel you drive those properties into the tissues and bursa sac getting two therapies in one.

      The Ultrasound will help relax the muscles around the bursa sac, which will reduce the pressure, therefore reducing your pain.

      Applying cold to your inflamed bursa will help decrease the swelling, inflammation, and redness around it. Cold therapy will also help to reduce the pain as you are numbing the nerve endings on a temporary basis reducing your pain. In addition, the deep cooling effect provided by the Freezie Wrap reduces tissue damage.

      If you have insurance you could see if the doctor could prescribe him physical therapy and they could use ultrasound on his arm. Or you could purchase a Portable Ultrasound System such as the one offers.

      I hope I have given you some information to help treat your husbands bursitis.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My husband received surgery on his left arm to remove the bursitis that kept flaring up in spite of draining and cortisone shots on August 3,2011. It is over three months since he has had his surgery and it is still givng him a lot of problem.He has been to see several doctors and they keep putting on antibioctics,but it keeps flaring back up .Wewould like some suggestions on what type of treatment he should get to clear this up once and for all.