The olecranon bursa lies between the olecranon and the skin, allowing easy, fluid movement of the skin over the bone. This bursa may become inflamed due to direct impact or repeated friction. Students may develop this condition due to repeated stress on the elbow when leaning over a desk.
What is it?
Elbow Bursitis, often referred to as Student’s Elbow, is the inflammation and irritation of the olecranon bursa.
Common Signs & Symptoms:
Common symptoms include pain at the back of the elbow, swelling, tenderness with the application of direct pressure, and limited elbow mobility.
Assessment methods involve evaluating pain levels and location, testing strength and range of motion limitations, palpation for tenderness, and collecting a thorough patient history to determine the mechanism of injury.
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