Common Treatment Options For Elbow Bursitis

Elbow bursitis is a condition that results in inflammation of the bursa, a small sac of fluid located near the elbow. The bursa helps to reduce friction between tissues, and when it becomes inflamed, pain and swelling can occur. There are many treatment options available for elbow bursitis, depending on the severity of your symptoms. In this blog post, we will discuss the most common treatment methods for this condition.


Bursitis usually resolves on its own. Conservative methods such as rest, ice, and pain relievers can help alleviate discomfort. If conservative measures fail, you may need to:


Treatment Option #1: Steroid Injections

A steroid injection helps to reduce inflammation and pain in the affected area. The medication is injected directly into the bursa, and typically provides relief for several weeks or months. Steroid injections may be given as a series of shots over a period of time, or as a single, larger dose.


Treatment Option #2: Surgery

In some cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the inflamed bursa. This is typically only done if other treatment options have failed. Surgery is generally considered a last resort option.

Treatment Option #3: Physical Therapy

Physical therapy can help to strengthen the muscles and tissues around the elbow, which can help to reduce the risk of bursitis flares. A therapist may also teach you how to properly stretch and care for your elbow.


Treatment Option #4: Lifestyle Changes

Making simple lifestyle changes can help to prevent or reduce the symptoms of elbow bursitis. If you have this condition, it’s important to avoid activities that put excessive stress on your elbow. You should also take measures to protect your elbow from injury, such as wearing padding when participating in contact sports.


Treatment Option #5: Alternative Therapies

There are a number of alternative therapies that may help to reduce the symptoms of elbow bursitis. These include acupuncture, massage, and herbal remedies. It’s important to speak with your doctor before trying any alternative treatments.


When To Consult A Doctor

If you’re experiencing elbow pain that doesn’t improve with home care, it’s important to consult a doctor. They can help to diagnose the cause of your pain and recommend the best treatment options for you.


Elbow bursitis is a condition that can be painful and debilitating. However, there are many treatment options available. If you’re experiencing symptoms of elbow bursitis, be sure to consult a doctor so they can recommend the best course of treatment for you.


How Can Someone Prevent Elbow Bursitis?

There are a few things you can do to prevent elbow bursitis or reduce your risk of developing the condition. These include:

  • Wearing proper fitting shoes and gloves when participating in activities that put stress on your elbows, such as gardening or tennis.
  • Avoiding repetitive motions that put stress on your elbows.
  • Taking breaks often when participating in activities that require use of your elbows.
  • Using ice to reduce swelling and pain after activities that put stress on your elbows.
  • Stretching your elbow muscles and tendons regularly.

If you have any questions about preventing or treating elbow bursitis, be sure to consult a doctor. They can help you create a plan to reduce your risk of developing this condition.


If you are experiencing elbow pain, there is a good chance that you have bursitis. Bursitis is a condition where the bursa sacs in your elbow become inflamed. The most common treatment for elbow bursitis is rest, ice, and compression. You may also need to take anti-inflammatory medications to help reduce the inflammation. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the inflamed bursa sac. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact us today for a consultation. We would be happy to discuss treatment options with you and help get you on the road to recovery.

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