Bursitis is the often the result of repetitive injury to the bursa or the surrounding tendons. Common causes of bursitis include:
- Participating in athletic events.
- Repetitive strain injuries.
- Patients with rheumatoid arthritis, gout or infection.
- “Overload” injuries.
- Prolonged pressure from leaning on the elbow.
Signs and Symptoms
- Pain or a burning sensation in the elbow.
- Moderate to severe loss of elbow motion.
- Pain when moving the arm of when sleeping on the affected side.
- Weakness, especially when the pain increases.
- A feeling or tightness in the elbow.
- Localized swelling or redness of the elbow.
- Rest and ice.
- Nonsteroidal medication.
- Surgery to remove the affected bursa.
- Pain medications to reduce discomfort.
- Drainage / aspiration and injection.
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