About Elbow Bursitis

What is it and what are my treatment options?

Elbow Bursitis Overview

Elbow bursitis is inflammation of the elbow bursa—a fluid filled sac that cushions the elbow joint. An appointment with a Carolina Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Associates (CONA) elbow specialist should be made when elbow bursitis symptoms are experienced.

Symptoms & Causes

Elbow bursitis symptoms include:

  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Warmness

Elbow bursitis causes are:

  • A direct fall on the elbow
  • A direct blow to the elbow
  • Infection
  • Medical conditions (rheumatoid arthritis, gout)
  • Prolonged pressure (i.e. prolonged leaning on the elbow)

Common Treatments:

Nonsurgical treatment options treat the overwhelming majority of elbow bursitis cases. After a thorough evaluation, a CONA elbow specialist may recommend:

  • Activity changes or modifications
  • Antibiotics
  • Elbows pads
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)

If bursitis symptoms do not improve, a CONA specialist may be recommended removing fluid from the joint. In rare cases, an infected bursa may need to be surgically removed.

Diagnosis:

A CONA elbow specialist makes an accurate elbow bursitis diagnosis. First, a discussion about the patient’s condition and symptoms takes place. Next, a thorough physical examination is performed. If needed, x-rays are taken to rule out a fracture. Sometime, a small fluid sample may be collected and tested in a laboratory.

Make an Appointment
with An Elbow Specialist

Please do not let elbow bursitis symptoms linger on. Make an appointment with a CONA elbow specialist so you can say goodbye to your symptoms once and for all.

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