Bursitis In
The Elbow...

› [Bursitis]

Bursitis in the elbow is caused by the Olecranon Bursa - this is a small fluid filled sac that cushions the pointy bit of your elbow...

If you have pain at the tip of your elbow, that will be due to the Olecranon Bursa being inflamed due to trauma or infection...

Please refer to the picture to the right on the page...

This condition can come from a direct traumatic hit to the elbow, rupturing the sac and leaving its fluid to drain out into the loose skin around your elbow...

Or, it can also come from constant leaning onto the tip of the elbow...

It is also called Student's Elbow and it can  occur in people that are plumbers or carpet layers...


 If you notice that the tip of your elbow is swollen, the first thing to do is go to the elbow joint pain treatment page for measures you can take for immediate relief...

One alteration in your case is to avoid applying compression as it may cause more discomfort...

Most of the time elbow bursitis will resolve in two weeks, give or take a few days...


If Your Skin
Is Hot...

If the skin around your elbow is hot or warmer than the rest of the skin on your arm...

You have an infection...!

Please go to your physician because this is going to require a course of anti-biotics and possibly a drainage procedure under a localized anesthetic...

If you prefer to do a course of natural anti-biotics, please at least allow for a sample of fluid to be taken to make sure that what you are using can properly address the particular infection you are dealing with...

These infections are usually Staphylococcus...

And Staph can be hard to get rid of...

Like most infections, it is very good at hiding, so however you plan to resolve the issue of infection, make sure your anti-biotic is Staph specific...

Also, I urge you to take every measure you can because infections of this sort can become dangerous if they spread to other parts of your arm and enter your bloodstream...

Also, if you suspect you have an infection and cannot be treated right away, stay away from dairy products and sugar as these foods tend to give infections lovely little damp areas to breed...


If Your Bursitis
Persists...

Arthroscopic surgery may be necessary if the pain does not resolve or is recurrent.

 If you have had bursitis in your elbow for more than three weeks, but there is no heat in the elbow from infection, having a physician perform a drainage procedure will be the next step...

Sometimes, if the fluid is not drained, an infection can occur over time...

And your elbow joint pain will worsen...

So the sooner you get treated, the better...

Should you have to wait to see a physician due to a queue in a socialized medical system or lack of funds, please keep the arm cool, rested and elevated...

That way the swelling  will not get worse, and if an infection has started, it has less of a chance of spreading through your body...

Natural Pain
Relief...

Over the counter as well as prescribed pain relief medications are fast acting and potent, but what happens if you need to take them to manage your pain over a period of years, or for the rest of your life...?

You may wish to do some research and look into some natural pain relief remedies that will not have the toxic effects on your internal organs that most pain medications do after a lengthy period of time...

I have provided some basic information regarding supplementation that provides natural pain relief to help get you started - just click on the link below...

Natural Pain Relief


Surgery May Be
Needed If...

Surgical removal of the olecranon bursa may be necessary, but the good news is that it will grow back.

Surgical intervention is always the last option, but will be needed if:

  • If there is a continual recurrence of  symptoms after treatment
  • If there is a recurrent infection...
  • If inflammation is persistent and does not respond to rest, anti- biotics and drainage...

If your bursitis is persistent enough it may be that the Olecranon Bursa will need to be removed...

The great thing about this bursa is that you will grow new one that functions normally...

This will occur over a period of months and your arm will need to be splinted, casted or cuffed for purposes of protection...

This surgery can even happen on an outpatient basis - in and out in the same day - in this day and age due to advancement in surgical technique...

Hopefully you will not need surgery, but if you do, may you be comforted in the knowledge that you will heal, and you will get a brand new Olecranon Bursa; it will grow back with time, compression and rest... 

› [Bursitis]

Disclaimer – This is information on joint pain. I teach, but I do not diagnose, prescibe or treat people who contact me. You are responsible for your condition using your own best judgement combined with what you have learned. Just a heads up - bodies carry unusual differences from time to time, in saying that, you could be one of those rare and unusual beings; if you are in doubt, please contact a physician in your area, so you can rule it out.

Move Freely and Knowledgeably and Be Well!

Dr. Jo

P.S...    “Greater certainty of your condition alone can be a powerful form of pain relief.”