Elbow Bursitis Treatment:
The first thing to do is get yourself checked out by your doctor. If there are no other symptoms then you may just have a sprained ankle or some kind of minor tear in ligaments. But if it’s something worse, like a torn rotator cuff tendon, then you need to see the specialist immediately! You will most likely need surgery to repair the damage done.
You might think that getting a cast on would be the best way to treat your elbow bursitis, but unfortunately this isn’t always possible. There are times when you really need to rest your arm and not use it at all. A sling is one option, but they’re expensive and uncomfortable. Another alternative is using ice packs or even cold compresses wrapped around the affected area for several minutes every hour until the pain subsides.
These methods are effective, but they aren’t cheap either.
There are also things you can do to prevent elbow bursitis from happening in the first place. Avoiding activities that put pressure on your elbows (like tennis) and stretching those muscles regularly are two good ways to keep them healthy. When it comes time to take care of your elbow, make sure you consult with a professional before doing anything else!
What Causes Elbow Bursitis?
Any repetitive activity that puts pressure on the point where your arm meets your hand can cause elbow bursitis. For instance, if you play a lot of sports, then you might notice pain and swelling in your elbow after intense games. If you work a manual labor job that requires constant lifting with your arms then you’re also at risk for elbow bursitis.
Elbow bursitis is common in people who play tennis or golf on a regular basis. The constant back and forth motion of your arms puts a lot of pressure on the point where your arm meets your hand. This causes inflammation in the bursa sac located there, which leads to pain and swelling in the elbow joint.
Another common cause of elbow bursitis is injury. Falling or hitting your arm on something really hard can cause a sudden trauma to your elbow.
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