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Do you experience elbow pain that includes tenderness and redness? Is your elbow also not moving due to swelling or stiffness?
If you answered yes to these questions, you may have an orthopedic condition known as elbow bursitis. To get you back to sports and your everyday routines, our compassionate doctors at Dignity Health Central Coast will discuss your symptoms and effective treatment for elbow bursitis.
To begin the healing process, Find a Doctor today for care with humankindness for elbow bursitis on the Central Coast of California.
A common elbow condition, elbow bursitis is inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs, called “bursae,” at the tip of your elbow. A bursa cushions your elbow, allowing muscles, tendons, and ligaments to glide over your bone.
When you overuse your elbow or continually repeat a motion, such as leaning on your elbows for a long time, you run the risk of developing elbow bursitis. Your Dignity Health Central Coast doctor also can determine if an infection, injury, or inflammatory condition, such as gout or rheumatoid arthritis, brought on this painful condition.
If you are experiencing acute elbow bursitis, your symptoms can come on suddenly and may not last for very long. With chronic elbow bursitis, your pain can last several weeks.
To learn about your risk of developing an elbow condition, take our online assessment and talk to your doctor about the results.
Your doctor will ask you questions to learn about your discomfort before developing your personalized treatment plan.
The main treatments for elbow bursitis involve resting the joint and taking anti-inflammatory medicines. Your doctor also may suggest corticosteroid shots into the elbow.
Physical therapy, which can include range-of-motion exercises, also helps speed up your recovery and prevent elbow bursitis in the future. In rare cases, your Dignity Health Central Coast doctor may recommend surgery. If you have infectious bursitis, your doctor may surgically drain the infected bursae and prescribe antibiotics.
Schedule an appointment with one of our experts to discuss your elbow condition and create a plan for elbow bursitis treatment on the Central Coast.
Dignity Health’s range of orthopedic services includes treatment of elbow bursitis on California’s Central Coast.