Olecranon Bursitis

Olecranon Bursitis

What Is Olecranon Bursitis?

Olecranon bursitis is also known as “baker’s elbow,” or “Popeye elbow” or “student’s elbow.” Olecranon refers to the pointy bone in your elbow & Bursitis refers to inflammation of a part of your body called a bursa, which is a sac full of fluid. Olecranon bursa, reduces friction between the skin & the pointy bone in your elbow, which you can feel when you bend it. It involves swelling at the tip of the elbow, on the back of the arm. However the olecranon bursa normally provides a mechanism with which the skin can glide freely over the olecranon process, consequently the bursa prevents tissue tears.


  • Repetitive motions
  • Several diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, gout or kidney failure
  • Elbow surgery or replacement
  • Autoimmune conditions
  • Infection
  • Too much pressure


  • stiffness
  • achy feeling
  • pain with movement or pressure
  • redness and swollen appearance
  • swelling
  • tenderness
  • pus

Physical therapy at SOS PHYSIO Rehab

SOS PHYSIO’s physical therapists treat individuals with elbow bursitis to reduce their pain, swelling, stiffness, and any associated weakness in the elbow or upper extremity. Our physical therapist will work with you to design a specific treatment program that will speed your recovery, including exercises and treatments that you can do at home.

There are many physical therapy treatments such as Manual therapy & Active Release Techniques (ART) are found to be very effective in treating this type of disorder.
For more information- Contact your local SOS PHYSIO clinic.

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