Elbow bursitis and tendinitis are orthopedic conditions that can significantly affect an individual’s quality of life. These conditions typically result from various factors, including overuse, repetitive movements, or injuries, leading to inflammation within the elbow joint.Elbow Specialist Wernersville, PA

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The Basics of Elbow Bursitis and Tendinitis

Elbow bursitis is characterized by inflammation of the bursa sac, a small fluid-filled sac that acts as a cushion between the bones and tendons in the elbow. Its role is to reduce friction, allowing smooth movement of the joint. When the bursa becomes inflamed, typically due to repetitive movements or trauma, it can lead to elbow bursitis. Common causes include leaning on hard surfaces, repetitive throwing or gripping, or a direct blow to the elbow.

Elbow tendinitis, on the other hand, involves inflammation of the tendons in the elbow joint. Tendons are the tough bands of tissue that connect muscles to bones, enabling joint movement. Overuse or repetitive motions can cause strain on the tendons, leading to tendinitis. In the elbow, this is commonly referred to as lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) when the outer tendons are affected and medial epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow) when the inner tendons are involved.

Recognizing the Signs

Both elbow bursitis and tendinitis share some common symptoms, making it essential to seek a proper diagnosis from a healthcare professional. These symptoms may include:

  • Persistent pain on the outer or inner side of the elbow
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Stiffness and weakness in affected arm
  • Limited range of motion
  • A sensation of the elbow “giving way.”

Treatment Options

Treating elbow bursitis and tendinitis typically begins with conservative, non-surgical approaches. These may include rest to avoid activities that exacerbate the condition and allow the inflamed tissues to heal. Anti-inflammatory medications, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), can help reduce pain and inflammation. Physical therapy is often recommended, as a physical therapist can design an exercise program to improve range of motion, strength, and flexibility. A brace or splint to restrict movement can provide support and reduce strain on the affected area, while applying ice to the affected area may help alleviate swelling and discomfort. In most cases, conservative treatment options effectively manage elbow bursitis and tendinitis. However, if the condition does not respond to these approaches or if it worsens over time, surgical intervention may be considered and may require:

  1. Bursectomy: In cases of bursitis that do not respond to conservative treatments, the surgical removal of the inflamed bursa may be necessary.
  2. Tendon Repair: For severe cases of tendinitis, surgical repair or debridement of the affected tendons may be required to alleviate pain and restore function.

It’s crucial to note that surgical intervention is usually a last resort after all non-surgical options have been exhausted. Dr. Bercik will discuss the best course of action based on your specific condition and the severity of your symptoms.

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Don’t let elbow bursitis or tendinitis hold you back. If you are dealing with elbow pain in Wernerseville, PA, Dr. Michael Bercik, a renowned elbow specialist, is here to help. To schedule an appointment, complete a request form online or call 717.560.4200.