Olecranon bursitis or student’s elbow is an inflammation, filling of the olecranon bursa on the point of the elbow.
As a result of injury, the lining of the bursa becomes inflamed. It then secretes a much greater than normal amount of fluid into the bursa. The bursa therefore inflates, producing the characteristic bump and pain of olecranon bursitis.
It is caused by:
- Single traumatic event on the point of your elbow.
- Repeated trauma for e.g. falling on to hard surfaces on your elbow.
- Repetitive resting of elbows on hard surfaces.
- Leaning on hard surfaces for e.g. walls etc.
Common symptoms include:
- A large swollen lump on the point of the elbow.
- If selling is large enough, restriction of movement.
- Pain on the point of the elbow that can travel down the arm.
Physiotherapy treatment consists of:
- Stop the stressful activities on the elbow.
- Emphasis on firm compression of the elbow.
- Regaining normal range of movement.
At times if the condition is severe enough you may need a GP management.