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Elbow Bursitis Signs and Symptoms

Elbow Bursitis Signs and Symptoms - El Paso Chiropractor
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The human body contains many fluid-containing sacs, or bursa, which function to decrease friction across joint areas where two different tissues rub against each other, such as the knee or elbow. These allow the movements of the body to be effortless and smooth but, when an condition or injury causes fluid to build-up in the bursa, an individual’s ability to move can be affected.

 Elbow bursitis, or medically known as olecranon bursitis, is a condition where fluid collects in the the sac found behind the elbow, called the olecranon bursa. Elbow bursitis is known as the most common type of bursitis. The slippery sac-like tissue of the bursa normally functions by allowing the joints to move smoothly around the bones but, when the elbow bursa becomes inflamed and begins to fill with fluid, the swelling behind the elbow can become significantly noticeable.

Signs and Symptoms of Elbow Bursitis

The common signs and symptoms of elbow bursitis are inflammation and swelling together with pain on the posterior side of the elbow. The olecranon bursa can normally measure up to 6 cm in length but can swell larger than a golf ball. A swollen bursa in the elbow can limit mobility and affect the range of motion of the elbow.

Individuals diagnosed with elbow bursitis may occasionally have an infection within the bursa, referred to as, infected elbow bursitis. Redness behind the elbow, breaks in the skin surrounding the swollen area, and fevers with chills and sweats can be signs of an elbow bursitis infection and treatments should be followed as soon as possible.

Elbow bursitis may result by trauma from an accident, such as falling onto the back of the elbow, or may even develop without a specified reason. Often times, lifestyle changes can be applied to avoid further progression of an elbow bursitis. People who rest their elbows against hard surfaces can irritate the bursa further and provoke the condition to worsen. Simple steps such as ice therapy to reduce the inflammation surrounding the elbow or getting plenty of rest are common treatments used to alleviate the signs and symptoms of elbow bursitis.

Dr. Alex Jimenez

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