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Elbow Bursitis


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.


Treatment Options

  • Rest and ice.
  • Nonsteroidal medication.
  • Surgery to remove the affected bursa.
  • Pain medications to reduce discomfort.
  • Drainage / aspiration and injection.


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