What is bursitis of the elbow?

Bursitis is a condition of the bursa, a sac-like tissue that acts as a cushion between bones and tissues. Bursitis results when the bursa becomes inflamed, according to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon (NIH).

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic SurgeonsOff Site Icon (AAOS), elbow bursitis can develop for the following reasons:

Trauma - A hard blow to the tip of the elbow can cause the bursa to produce excess fluid and swell
Prolonged pressure - Leaning on the tip of the elbow for long periods of time on hard surfaces, such as a tabletop
Infection - If an injury at the tip of the elbow breaks the skin, such as an insect bite, scrape, or puncture wound, bacteria may get inside the bursa sac and cause an infection
Medical conditions - Certain conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis and gout

Talk to your doctor about elbow bursitis.

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