Elbow bursitis is a common condition that can cause pain and swelling in the elbow joint. It is caused by inflammation of the bursa, a fluid-filled sac that cushions the joint. Treatment for elbow bursitis typically includes rest, ice, and medications to reduce pain and inflammation. In some cases, an elbow bursitis brace may be recommended to provide additional protection and support for the elbow.
What is Elbow Bursitis?
Elbow bursitis is an umbrella term used to describe a range of conditions that cause inflammation of the bursa, a fluid-filled sac that cushions the joints. The elbow is one of the most commonly affected areas, though bursitis can occur in any joint. Elbow bursitis is often caused by repetitive motion, such as from sports activities, or from direct trauma to the elbow.
Causes of Elbow Bursitis
The most common causes of elbow bursitis are repetitive motion, direct trauma to the elbow, or infection. Repetitive motion can occur when performing certain activities, such as throwing a ball or lifting weights. Direct trauma can occur when the elbow is hit or bumped, or when the elbow is placed under sudden and excessive pressure. Infection can be caused by bacteria or fungi entering the bursa.
Symptoms of Elbow Bursitis
The most common symptom of elbow bursitis is pain and tenderness in the affected area. Other symptoms may include swelling, warmth, and redness in the area. The elbow may also feel stiff and be difficult to move.
Diagnosing Elbow Bursitis
To diagnose elbow bursitis, your doctor will perform a physical exam and ask about your medical history. They may also order imaging tests, such as an X-ray or MRI, to confirm the diagnosis. In some cases, a sample of the bursa fluid may be taken and analyzed for signs of infection.
Treating Elbow Bursitis
Treatment for elbow bursitis typically includes rest, ice, and medications to reduce pain and inflammation. Physical therapy may also be recommended to strengthen the muscles and ligaments in the elbow. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the bursa or repair damaged tissue.
Using an Elbow Bursitis Brace
An elbow bursitis brace is a device designed to provide additional support and protection for the elbow. It helps to reduce the pressure on the bursa and limit the amount of movement in the joint.