How To Treat Bursitis Elbow

In my previous post I outlined the symptoms of Bursitis Elbow or as it is somethimes called “popeye elbow”

The good news is that if bursitis elbow is caused by an injury to the olecranon, it will usually disappear on its own.

The blood in the bursa will be absorbed by the body over a matter of several weeks, returning the bursa to its normal state. The fluid-filled bursa is not necessarily a problem, if it does not cause pain, and may not need to be treated.

If swelling is complicating or slowing the healing process, the bursa may be drained by a physician, using a needle. If the bursa is drained with a needle, and there is no sign of infection, a small dose of cortisone may be injected directly into the bursa, in order to control inflammation.

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If chronic olecranon bursitis is experienced, the treatment goal is to control any inflammation. This may mean a period of resting the elbow, and medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen.

The pain from inflammation can hinder work, and everyday life in general, and an elbow pad may be recommended, to aid with the swelling and tenderness until it is healed.

If infection is diagnosed as the cause of bursitis elbow, the bursa will be drained repeatedly over the first few days, and antibiotics will be prescribed.


Physical therapy may be prescribed to evaluate and treat any problems which may be causing olecranon bursitis symptoms. The occupational therapist may recommend using ice, heat, or ultrasound, to treat pain and swelling. Strategies to avoid aggravating, repetitive elbow motion may also be recommended, in order to avoid symptoms.

It is possible that the bursa may have to be drained surgically. An incision to open the bursa is made, and a draining tube is inserted into the bursa for several days. This is done, to allow the abscess to drain, while antibiotics treat the infection.

Shoulder surgery

If no other treatment has been successful, it may be necessary to remove the bursa. After the bursa has been removed surgically, the arm will be placed in a splint to prevent bleeding into the area from which the bursa was removed, and to limit movement until the wound is healed. The body should then form another bursa, as a response to movement of the elbow tip against the skin, but the newly-formed bursa will not be thick or painful.

Elbow Bursits stop you being able to enjoy life fully. It can prevent you playing your favorite sports like tennis, football or golf.

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Kind Regads,

Tim Allardyce DO MCSP SRP

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