Elbow tendonitis & bursitis symptoms
Recognizing symptoms early can prevent them from becoming chronic (long-term).
Symptoms of elbow tendonitis and bursitis include:
Elbow tendonitis & bursitis diagnosis
Your doctor may diagnose elbow tendonitis or bursitis using one or more of the following tests:
A physical exam that examines the elbow joint for instability, swelling and reduced range of motion.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) —uses a magnet, radio frequencies and computer to produce detailed pictures of organs and structures inside your body, such as the elbow joint.
Lab tests—fluid from the elbow is sent for testing to determine the cause of the inflammation, such as an infection.
X-rays— a controlled beam of radiation used to create an image of the inside of the elbow joint.
Ultrasonography—an imaging test that uses high-frequency sound waves to create a picture of the inside of the elbow.
Elbow tendonitis & bursitis treatment
Depending on the extent of your elbow tendonitis or bursitis, your doctor may recommend one or more of the following treatments:
Antibiotics—your physician may prescribe an antibiotic for bursitis of the elbow caused by an infection.
Anti-inflammatory and pain medications— medicines you can take for pain relief.
Cold therapy—slows the rate of inflammation and reduces the risk of swelling and tissue damage.
Cortisone injections—helps relieve pain and inflammation in the elbow joint.
Physical therapy—treatment that uses methods such as massage, heat treatment and exercise to heal and mange pain.
Rest—minimizing activities that cause tendonitis or bursitis in the elbow.
Surgery— in rare cases, surgery may be needed to treat severe injuries that cause tendonitis or to drain an inflamed bursa.
At The Christ Hospital Health Network, our expert physicians and specialists have the experience and skill to diagnose and treat elbow tendonitis and bursitis, so you can get back to the activities you enjoy.
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