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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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What is best to take for fluid build up on my elbow? It feels and looks like bursitis which I used to get but about 15 years ago

What is best to take for fluid build up on my elbow? It feels and looks like bursitis which I used to get but about 15 years ago

Ice: Ice compress might help the swelling. NSAID like OTC ibuprofen helps reduce inflammation. Take with food if you can. Cold constricts and reduces fluid build up.
Usually these don't go away and need to have it surgically removed. See an Orthopedic surgeon they are the specialists that get rid of the problem so it does not reoccur again. ...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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What is elbow (olecranon) bursitis?

Olecranon bursitis: Olecranon bursitis includes pain, swelling, and inflammation of the olecranon bursa at the back of the elbow. ...Read more

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How could I heal bursitis and tendonitis in my elbow?

How could I heal bursitis and tendonitis in my elbow?

Stretching: Stretching exercises by keeping the elbow fully extended and then bending the wrist up and down are the best way to stretch the tendons of the elbow. Alternating heat and ice to the affected area can also help. If this does not help an injection sometimes is used in the most severe cases even surgery may be needed. ...Read more

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What are the signs of having bursitis and tennis elbow?

What are the signs of having bursitis and tennis elbow?

Tennis elbow: Pain over the outside (lateral) aspect of the elbow, worsened by lifting, esp with the palm facing down. In later stages, pain at rest. Treated without surgery in over 90% of cases. Stretching, nsaids, counterforce bracing (forearm strap) occasionally during heavy activity, and selective cortisone injections (up to 2, but no more). Surgery results shown to decline after 2 injections. Good luck! ...Read more

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How long should baseball player not throw with elbow bursitis?

No set restrictions: Generally an olecranon bursitis is easily treated. It should not interfere with the throwing motion as long as the bursitis is not due to infection. Therefore, if the player can throw without pain then he can do so. ...Read more

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What to do if I am wondering how you can tell the difference between a bursitis at the elbow and tendonitis at the elbow?

What to do if I am wondering how you can tell the difference between a bursitis at the elbow and tendonitis at the elbow?

The location: The bursa or fluid filled sac is located over the olecronon process. This is the tip of the elbow which many people lean on. Because of trauma it often gets inflamed. Tendinitis typically occurs on either side of the elbow, close to where the wrist flexor tendons (medial epicondylitis) or wrist extensor tendons (lateral epicondylitis) attach to the bone. ...Read more

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Regarding bursitis elbow again, it is not painful or inflamed. It is quite outstanding though. Are there OTC NSAIDS available?

Regarding bursitis elbow again, it is not painful or inflamed. It is quite outstanding though. Are there OTC NSAIDS available?

No, sorry: It s called Students elbow. That means its caused by friction or pressure on the elbow. Avoid pressure or elbow touching anything. If it hassles you it can be aspirated ie needle put in to draw some fluid off. Or it can be surgically removed. Sorry, no OTC will really help unless painfull. ...Read more

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I injured my elbow about two weeks ago and developed olecranon bursitis. When will it stop?

I injured my elbow about two weeks ago and developed olecranon bursitis. When will it stop?

It may not: Although usually self limited, olecranon bursitis may cause a persistent bump on the tip of the elbow. Ice, steroids and protective braces are used to decrease the swelling around the elbow bursa. Persistent fluid may be drained in the office, but often returns and may become infected. The swelling itself is not harmful. If painful, surgical excision may be required. The entire bursa is removed. ...Read more