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What can I do to treat bursitis in my elbow if draining is ineffective?

What can I do to treat bursitis in my elbow if draining is ineffective?

Surgical excision: Surgery for noninfected bursa. If elbow bursitis is not a result of infection, surgery may still be needed if nonsurgical treatments do not work. In this case, surgery to remove the bursa is usually performed as an outpatient procedure. The surgery does not disturb any muscle, ligament, or joint structures. Good luck. Read more

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Bursitis (Definition)

Inflammation of the bursa, a fluid-filled sac that acts as a cushion between ...Read more


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My husband has been diagnosed with elbow bursitis. His doctor tried draining it, but after he stuck the needle in, he said that there was no fluid in there. Is bursitis possible without fluid?

My husband has been diagnosed with elbow bursitis. His doctor tried draining it, but after he stuck the needle in, he said that there was no fluid in there. Is bursitis possible without fluid?

Yes: Yes, it is possible. Let the doctor know if the bursitis does not improve with treatment. If there is increased redness, warmth, pain in the area or if the surrounding skin becomes inflamed, let the doctor know immediately. Read more

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What is bursitis? How is it going to affect my elbow?

What is bursitis? How is it going to affect my elbow?

See details: Bursitis is inflammation of a bursa which in turn is a pouch that helps to reduce friction from tendon or muscle inflammation. The ole crayon bursa sits at the point of the elbow and you will see a swelling there. Read more

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What's bursitis and how is it going to affect my elbow?

What's bursitis and how is it going to affect my elbow?

Bursitis: Is a benign condition of the elbow characterized by swelling over the point of the elbow. It usually goes away by itself. If not, a neoprene elbow sleeve may help. I try to avoid aspirating these, as they can get infected. Surgery rarely required to excise the bursa. Read more

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Does elbow bursitis aspiration hurt?

Does elbow bursitis aspiration hurt?

Not really: The area is usually sprayed with a cold liquid that briefly numbs the skin. It is not a big deal. Read more

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Can children get bursitis? My son has elbow pain.

Can children get bursitis? My son has elbow pain.

Yes: Children have bursas too, albiet small ones, but traua to a bursa can cause inflammation and pain. Bursas usually overly joints which they try to protect due to the exposure of those bones or joints to easy injury, usually blunt trauma. Dr.J. Read more

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What can cause swelling on the elbow (not bursitis)?

What can cause swelling on the elbow (not bursitis)?

Several things: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. Read more

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How long will it take for water at the tip of my elbow caused by bursitis to go down?

How long will it take for water at the tip of my elbow caused by bursitis to go down?

Elbow Bursitis: Fluid at the tip of the elbow is called olecranon bursitis. It can occur after a direct blow, but it also can occur in people who do a lot of desk work. If you continually rub your elbow on a desk it can occur. If the fluid persists for more then a week I would see an orthopedist. It may need to be drained. If it starts getting red then you need to go right away as it may become infected. Read more

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I tend to experience bursitis in my right elbow frequently. It swells and is painful for about 24-48 hrs. Can I prevent this?

I tend to experience bursitis in my right elbow frequently. It swells and is painful for about 24-48 hrs. Can I prevent this?

Depends on cause.: If this is due to gout, pseudo gout, or other arthritis diseases there are specific treatments. If the problem is due to your job or repetitive injuries there are treatments for the flair a and symptoms but the only way to avoid the problem is eliminate the cause. Read more

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How do you treat bursitis elbow?

How do you treat bursitis elbow?

Non surgical/surgical: Nonsurgical is to try and treat the course.
Could be due to infection, Rx with antibiotics and aspiration.
If caused by prolonged pressure, use elbow pad, avoid activity causing this. NSAIDs can also help.
Surgical removal only after everything else failed Read more

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Elbow bursitis - safe to use kettlebells?

Safe but not advised: The most common elbow bursitis is an olecranon bursitis. This usually is not very painful but does cause a prominent bump on the back of the elbow. It is safe to use kettle bells, but the bursitis will not go away until you rest the elbow. Sometimes we need to remove the bursa with surgery. Read more

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I would like help with bursitis in my elbow?

Need: To see orthopedic or rheumatologist to exclude infection, drain bursa if swollen and check for conditions that can promote it. Read more

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How long does it take to recover from elbow bursitis?

How long does it take to recover from elbow bursitis?

See details: As long as it is not infected, if the bursa is aspirated and injected with cortisone the recovery is very fast. Read more

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Can I use a sling to ease my bursitis pain in my elbow?

Can I use a sling to ease my bursitis pain in my elbow?

Yes: Yes, but this is not the definitive treatment. The sling should only be used for short term rest. Read more

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What is bursitis of the elbow and what can I do for it?

Bursitis: Bursitis of the elbow typically involves the olecranon tip and can be associated with fluid build up. Avoid triceps work in the gym, avoid rubbing the tip of the elbow against your desk or table and ice the area. Read more

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What is bursitis and how is it going to affect my elbow now?

Bursitis: Olecranon bursitis is swelling over the point of the elbow. It is typically benign, and normally resolves spontaneously. If it doesn't, try a compressive sleeve. Occasionally, the bursitis may be infected. This should be suspected if warmth or redness is observed. Rarely, bursitis occurs as a result of underlying injury to triceps tendon. If weakness in pushing noticed, see an orthopedic surgeon. Read more

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I wrecked on my bike and I'm pretty sure I have bursitis in my elbow. How long does it last?

I wrecked on my bike and I'm pretty sure I have bursitis in my elbow. How long does it last?

Where is located at/: It could be you have develop the so called olecranon bursa. If it is small and not inflamed could reabsorb, however in many cases need drainage and corticosteroid injections and occasionally surgical removal. Read more

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I have been diagnosed with elbow bursitis, and it's been 4 weeks pain and fluid is still present. Would this be normal? How long does bursitis last?

Not normal.: If it is not infected, the bursa is aspirated and injected with cortisone. The recovery would be very fast. Read more

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Banged elbow May 16. Got bursitis. Today is Jul 3 & it's greatly improved but not there all the way. How long does elbow bursitis take to fully heal?

Up to a year: Bursitis tends to heal slowly and may take up to a year. As long as there is progressive improvement, you may leave it alone. Read more

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Elbow (olecranon) bursitis cause?

Trauma, infxn, gout: Most common cause is student's elbow, from the repetitive resting on one's elbow. Infections are also common especially if fever, redness or warmth are present. In people with gout, bursitis can happen here. A rheumatologist and orthopedist are specialists who diagnose and treat this. Read more

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