Like all bursitis, olecranon bursitis is a trauma injury – you knock your elbow in something hard to hurt the bursa, which then swells in response. Bursitis is relatively common across the whole population but is more common in young people who haven’t yet stopped growing (people like 19-year-old Ingram), and more common still among athletes who play contact sport (like Ingram).
Mild olecranon bursitis is nothing to be too concerned about. It certainly isn’t affecting Brandon Ingram’s playing ability, and it’s unlikely to impact your life. Swelling is the only symptom in most cases of mild olecranon bursitis, but if the inflammation progresses, it can become very painful and even restrict movement.
If you develop a bump on your elbow after a knock or a fall, ice it for 20min every 2 hours for 48-72 hours. If it persists or grows during that time, consult a professional for advice around ongoing care.
For more information on bursitis, email me directly via the contact page. For specific information on an injury you have, or for treatment, contact one of my clinics directly. You can find that information here.
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Dr Mitch Clark