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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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Bursitis (Definition)

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

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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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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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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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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If I have a ruptured elbow bursa or elbow bursitis, how long should this take to fully heal? Thank you

If I have a ruptured elbow bursa or elbow bursitis, how long should this take to fully heal?  Thank you

Variable : Most cases of elbow bursitis can be resolved with eliminating activities or positions that aggravate the bursa and reducing the inflammation (rest, ice, compression, elevation). Other more severe cases may require physical therapy, aspiration or steroid injection. Rarely is surgery required.
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Could bursitis in the elbow be connected to a long term bulging disk in the neck ?

Could bursitis in the elbow be connected to a long term bulging disk in the neck ?

Not usually : Unlikely. One possible scenerio is that the disc caused weakness leading to an imbalance but this is just speculation if the disc caused weakness in the area involved. ...Read more

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Deep purple/red elbow following septic bursitis. Has been 6 weeks since infection gone & color still there. Only slight swelling. How long to clear?

Deep purple/red elbow following septic bursitis. Has been 6 weeks since infection gone & color still there. Only slight swelling. How long to clear?

Could take some time: may take months. It is pigmentation secondary to the increased inflammation and hemosiderin stain in the skin. May never be completely normal, but should get close. Use vitamin E lotion to help with the discoloration ...Read more

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Infected elbow bursitis/cellulitus 4 weeks ago. 2 weeks of IV & antibio killed infection. Elbow still purple/red & slightly swollen. How long to heal?

Infected elbow bursitis/cellulitus 4 weeks ago. 2 weeks of IV & antibio killed infection. Elbow still purple/red & slightly swollen. How long to heal?

Recurrent infection: Although antibiotics may have "Killed" infection, often time resistant organisms may develope and worsening redness and swelling may be an indication. If no infection is present, then RICE therapy with ace compression, ice and elevation (decreased activity with sling may improve). OTC anti-inflammatory agents may reduce erythema (redness) and swelling. Worsening pain, swelling may be warning sign. ...Read more

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Elbow septic bursitis from scrape, took amoxicillin, 10 days. No heat or swelling now. Still sore some, how long heal time? Take advil (ibuprofen) for inflame.

Elbow septic bursitis from scrape, took amoxicillin, 10 days. No heat or swelling now. Still sore some, how long heal time? Take advil (ibuprofen) for inflame.

It could be: several weeks before the swelling goes down and you feel better. The fluid in the joint has to be reabsorbed,and this can take weeks to several months. Give it time.. Hope this helps! ...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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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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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'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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What is bursitis of the elbow and what can I do for it?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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