The elbow bursa is a fluid-filled sac that reduces friction at the point where tendons and muscles move over bone. An injured bursa may produce excess fluid, causing painful welling.
Causes of Elbow Bursitis
A blow to your elbow, from a hard object such as from a fall, may cause bursa to become inflamed. Repetitive use of the elbow, such as swimming or tennis, may also cause inflammation.
Symptoms & Diagnosis
Your elbow may be painful and tender and swell over the tip. Movement may be difficult. Our specialist will usually make a diagnosis through physical examination, and may also suggest an X-ray to confirm it.
Risks & Complications
Sometimes an untreated elbow bursa can become infected. If your bursa is infected, the elbow may be red. Infection can cause the elbow joint to deteriorate over time.
Treatment Options for Elbow Bursitis
- Oral antibiotics and analgesic medication
- Corticosteroid Injection
- Drain fluid from the elbow bursa
If the bursitis persists as a last resort the doctor may recommend surgery to remove the bursa.