What Is Elbow Bursitis?
Bursitis is an inflammation of the bursa, a fluid-filled sac encased in a synovial membrane which provides a cushion between bones and tendons and muscles of a joint. The Olecranon bone is the pointy bone of the elbow; the bursa lies between the Olecranon and the skin; it allows the skin to glide easily over the bone.
What Causes Elbow Bursitis?
The causes of Elbow Bursitis include:
- Trauma to the elbow, such as a direct hit to the bone, which may also cause Olecranon fracture.
- Pressure on the elbow from leaning or resting arms on the elbow for a prolonged time.
- Medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and kidney failure, etc.
- Infected bursa from a scrape, cut or insect bite.
What Are the Symptoms of Elbow Bursitis?
The most common symptoms of Elbow Bursitis include:
- Swelling at the tip of the elbow. Depending on the severity of the condition, swelling may be mild or severe.
- Pain is the second most common symptom; Elbow Bursitis may cause pain in the elbow.
- Redness and warmth around the elbow tip.
- Tenderness around the elbow.
- Pus in the bursa can ooze from a wound at the elbow.
What Are Treatment Options for Elbow Bursitis?
Complete Medical Wellness offers non-surgical and surgical treatment options for Elbow Bursitis. Typical treatment modalities include the following:
- RICE protocol.
- Pain medications to reduce discomfort.
- Surgical removal of the affected bursa.
- Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAID’s).
- Drainage / aspiration and injection of the affected bursa.
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How Do You Treat Bursitis in the Elbow?
- Get proper diagnosis and treatment of your Elbow Bursitis.
- Usually, aspirations and injections are used to drain the bursa.
- In some cases, the specialist removes the infected bursa.
- Attend personalized physical therapy sessions.
How Long Does It Take for Elbow Bursitis to Go Away?
- If proper care and treatment are adopted, then it takes almost one or two weeks to recover completely from Elbow Bursitis.
What Causes Elbow Bursitis?
- Elbow bursitis can be caused as a result of falling or a sudden blow in the area around the arm.
- This may cause irritation and inflammation of the bursa, which may lead to the outset of bursitis symptoms.
What Happens If a Bursitis Is Left Untreated?
- If the conditions prevail longer than usual, as in the case of chronic bursitis, then calcium deposition starts to happen around the affected area.
- Calcific bursitis my cause permanent movement limitation in the elbow.