Olecranon Bursitis Condition

Olecranon bursitis treatment includes gentle, safe osteopathic techniques that can relieve pressure, reduce inflammation in the elbow’s bursa, and effectively manage pain, tenderness, and related symptoms.


Olecranon Bursitis Treatment in New York City

Treatment for olecranon bursitis relies on osteopathic manipulation and other techniques that reduce inflammation in the bursa to help eliminate tenderness, swelling, and pain.

What is Olecranon Bursitis?

Olecranon bursitis is a painful condition in which the bursa at near tip of the elbow becomes inflamed. That part of the elbow is known as the olecranon. The bursa is a fluid-filled sac positioned between the skin and the pointed bone of the olecranon. When it becomes inflamed, the sac gets filled with extra fluid that results in swelling on the tip of the elbow and reddened skin. Sometimes a lump is formed at the elbow tip, which explains why some people refer to the condition as Popeye Elbow.

When healthy, the bursa are designed to provide a cushion between bones, muscles, tendons, and joints. The olecranon bursa’s role is to reduce rubbing and friction between your olecranon and skin. Injury, infection, and other factors can harm the bursa, create inflammation, and prevent the sac from performing its proper function. The good news is that osteopathic care can be an effective option for treating bursitis and other elbow, hand and wrist conditions.

What Causes this Condition?

Elbow bursitis has several main causes. They include:

  • Injuries to the elbow. Common injuries include sudden impact that cause bleeding or fluid buildup and falls or other accidents.
  • Infection from an insect bite, scrape, cut, or other injury that results in the bursa being filled with extra fluid.
  • Excessive pressure from leaning the elbow against solid surfaces. This can be a common workplace hazard for people with desk jobs as well as plumbers, flooring contractors, and anyone else whose elbow repeatedly comes into contact with floors, desks, or walls.
  • Inflammation is the common factor in bursitis cases.

In addition, patients suffering from medical conditions like arthritis, kidney failure, and gout are at higher risk for experiencing this form of bursitis.

What Are the Symptoms of Olecranon Bursitis?

The most common symptoms associated with this condition include:

  • Swelling at the tip of the elbow. Most patients notice this symptom first, especially as the swelling expands. In some cases, patients may experience golf-ball-sized swelling on their elbow.
  • Tenderness along the tip of the elbow and nearby region.
  • Warmer skin and redness around the affected area.
  • Pus, in cases where the bursa has become infected.
  • Pain due to the bursa’s expansion. Note that this pain can be greater when the elbow bends. However, in some cases, there is no pain at all.

How We Can Help

Since inflamed bursa can often be a sign of injury or infection, it is vital to get a proper diagnosis. Dr. Leonid Tafler, D.O. can provide the examination and diagnosis you need to ensure that you receive osteopathic care that meets your needs. Our team can provide the safe, gentle, and non-invasive treatment needed to address your elbow bursitis.


Elbow, Hand and Wrist Conditions

Elbow, hand and wrist conditions include carpal tunnel and other ailments caused by nerve compression and other injuries, resulting in pain, reduced range of motion, weakness, numbness, and similar symptoms.

Carpal Tunnel SyndromeGolfer’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)Olecranon BursitisTennis Elbow

Contact Us Today

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact us today. We will schedule an appointment for an exam and diagnosis, and Dr. Tafler will work with you to create an osteopathic treatment plan to reduce your pain, restore any lost function, and get you on the path to recovery.

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Olecranon Bursitis Treatment Reviews

Margaret Sowa
Margaret Sowa
Hotel General Manager Brooklyn, NY

Through the years, every one treated by Dr. Tafler has had very positive and lasting results. I can't thank him enough for myself, my mom and for every dear person to my heart I sent to him. 🙂 Thank you Doctor! Words can't express what you've done and how many lives have changed. God bless you.

Boris Talis
Boris Talis
Four-time champion of the world in Sambo Combat. Black belt 6th Degree

I am a whole hardheartedly grateful to Dr.Tafler for this timely help in recovering the moving function of my shoulder joint. This helped me a win a gold medal and become the Champion of the world in Sambo combat in Greece 2012. I always tell my collegues and student to turn to the excellent and kind Dr. Leonid Tafler in case of any accident or injury.


Dr. Tafler started working with me though acupuncture, back adjustments and immediately I saw the progress and my pain was less and less with every visit to the doctor. I avoided a surgery thanks to Dr Tafler. I started to enjoy my life again. I am so thankful to the doctor, and have been recommending Dr Tafler to all my friends and coworkers who have back problems and other pains.

Thomas Rayder

Dr. Tafler recommended the OMT under anesthesia procedure. The procedure was performed and alleviated my pain immediately. I avoided surgery and have not had problems with my neck in 7 years now! I am so thankful to Dr. Tafler, the OMT under anesthesia procedure helped me so much!

Elizabeth Blend

Dr. Tafler took me in for a weekend to receive manipulation under anesthesia. Two weeks later I was able to walk without pain. I have been pain free since that moment until today, many years after initial treatment. Without his treatment I do not know if I would have been able to walk at all.

Hugo Barriga

Doctor Tafler, was my savior and there is not doubt he give me my back life; this OMT under anesthesia definitely recommend to everyone, this improve my back and relief a chronic pain. Try this before any aggressive treatment, this was over 5 years ago and I feel splendidly.


Two weeks ago I came to his office. He is a very nice and very pleasant man. I told him about a terrible pain in my back. He gave me two injections and I was able to walk a lot better. I felt myself at my twenties. When I went for the second treatment under anesthesia, I was running up the stairs at my church. All my friends got very happy for me. So, I believe, this man is a hero! If not him, I would not be able to walk!