A swollen elbow can be the result of an injury.
A swollen elbow can be caused by injuries, tendonitis, arthritis, or bursitis. Elbow swelling can be extremely painful and cause the joint to become stiff and stiff, and can even cause significant limitations in a person’s range of motion in severe cases. Typically, ice is used to treat a swollen elbow at the first sign of injury or inflammation. Other treatments may include anti-inflammatory medications, rest, splints or other supportive devices, and, in severe cases, surgery.
Anti-inflammatory medications can help treat swollen elbow.
Anti-inflammatory medications are often used to help reduce elbow swelling. These medications usually work quickly to reduce the inflammatory process and relieve discomfort. Occasionally, swollen elbow pain can be so severe that a medical professional may recommend prescription pain medication. Often, however, these medications are codeine-based, and while they are highly effective in treating pain, they can cause significant side effects.
Rest is recommended to treat a swollen elbow.
Rest is also generally recommended to treat a swollen elbow. This is usually an effective treatment in relieving inflammation as it eliminates the pressure applied to the hand. It can often be difficult for the patient to keep the arm at rest, and braces and splints can be useful tools to immobilize the affected elbow, thus reducing the risk of further injury or swelling. Another alternative is to wear a sling, which can allow the elbow to heal and decrease the risk of further injury.
A sling can be used to treat a swollen elbow.
It is usually not a good idea to massage or apply direct pressure to the swollen elbow in an effort to relieve pain or swelling, as this can make symptoms worse. Occasionally, if a swollen elbow does not respond to other treatments, a medical professional may try to drain the fluid that has accumulated in the joint. Typically, this fluid is caused by bursitis, which is inflammation of the bursa, a sac of synovial fluid in the joint. Draining it can greatly reduce elbow swelling.
An allergic reaction can occasionally cause elbow swelling.
Occasionally, standard efforts to treat a swollen elbow can be ineffective. When the patient is not responding to non-invasive treatments, a healthcare professional may recommend surgery, including possible removal of the affected bursa. Often, elbow surgery is performed on an outpatient basis; the patient may need hospitalization and general anesthesia, however, if the surgical procedure is more extensive.