What is Elbow Bursitis?

The bursae are small fluid filled sacs that cushion and protect the joints. When they become irritated and inflamed, the condition is known as bursitis. Common causes of elbow bursitis are:
  • Overuse
  • A blow to the elbow
  • An infection due to a bite or puncture wound
Presenting symptoms include:
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Red, warm skin (when infected)
Treatment depends on the severity of symptoms.

How is Elbow Bursitis Treated?

Usually, a combination of the following nonsurgical treatment options is used to decrease inflammation, swelling, and pain:
  1. Activity modification. Slowing down or stopping activities that cause bursitis flare-ups.
  2. Anti-inflammatory medications. Decrease inflammation and pain.
  3. A tiny needle is inserted into the bursae and drains excess fluid.
  4. Medications used to treat an infection.
In severe cases, bursitis may be treated using surgical intervention. During an outpatient procedure, the bursa is drained or removed—bursitis does not return.