Water on the elbow- olecranon bursitis

My elbow looks like Popeye’s elbow.

I have been experiencing some pain and swelling around the tip of my elbow since my fall on the stairs 4 weeks ago. I went last week for an x-ray to make sure I didn’t break any thing. Today the results came back and the Dr. said I had water on the elbow. The proper name for water on the elbow is olecranon bursitis or elbow bursitis. Olecranon Bursititis is often regarded to as Popeye Elbow, because it resembles the elbow of Popeye. Go figure!
The Dr. advised me that if my elbow wasn’t better in a month that she would send me for an ultrasound.


How can Water on the elbow happen?

Water on the elbow can happen after a fall or energy to the elbow.

Water on the elbow symptoms

The symptoms of olecranon bursitis are:

Swelling on the point of the elbow
Acute tenderness, when you put your elbow down on anything.
A lump at the end of the elbow.

What does water on the elbow- olecranon bursitis look like?

Olecranon Bursititis

( This isn’t my elbow. This image has been released into the public domain by its author, NJC123. NJC123 grants anyone the right to use this work for any purpose, without any conditions, unless such conditions are required by law.)

How to Treat Water on the Elbow

It is best to make an appointment with your doctor to have the elbow examined.
Do not rest your weight on your elbow.
Take over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, like ibuprofen for pain.
Use ice to help with the swelling.
Elevate your elbow to reduce swelling and inflammation.

Occasionally, fluid may be aspirated or sucked out of the fluid-filled cyst.

How long does it take for olecranon bursitis to go away?

Olecranon bursitis that is caused by an injury will usually go away on its own after several weeks.

The advice posted here is not a medical diagnosis. If you suspect you may have olecranon bursitis, please see a doctor.

(More information about olecranon bursitis via Yahoo Health.)

If you have ever experienced this yourself or know someone who has, then I would love to hear from you. Do you have additional information you want to share about Olecranon bursitis?

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