Treatment for elbow bursitis always goes stage wise, including both non-surgical and surgical methods.
Initial treatment includes home remedies for elbow bursitis that focusses on limiting the activities that may aggravate the bursal inflammation. Hence, physicians recommend R.I.C.E. Formula (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) as a home treatment.
- Rest: Wear elbow pads for extra cushion effect and avoid putting any extra pressure by leaning on the elbows. This activity modification step can help reduce pain and inflammation.
- Ice therapy: Apply ice therapy on the injured elbows 2-3 times for 10-20 minutes per day to reduce symptoms. But remember not to apply ice directly on the skin. Place a cloth between the ice and the affected area to stay away from getting an ice-burn.
- Compression: Wear an elastic compression bandage around the affected part to alleviate the swelling.
- Elevation: Place the affected elbow above the height of your heart to reduce inflammation
Your physician may recommend that you perform stretching and strengthening physical exercises to improve range of motion and strengthen the elbows. But it is mandatory to wait until the pain gets reduced before starting the physical therapy.
Medications include analgesics as a pain reliever and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to reduce pain and inflammation. But its consumption for a long time leads to potential side effects including heart, gastrointestinal, and kidney problems . Hence physicians do not recommend its use every day for a prolonged duration.
Septic elbow bursitis requires oral antibiotic therapy. In the case of other complications, physicians recommend intravenous administration of antibiotics.
Corticosteroid injections reduce inflammation and give relief only for a shorter period. But they have potential side effects such as skin degeneration at the elbow region and infection . Hence, physicians give only 1-2 doses of injections with a minimum one month apart. But avoid injecting it into a tendon which may increase the risk of tendinopathy (tendon degeneration) .
Surgical intervention: Bursectomy surgery aims at the removal of an affected bursa, rarely recommended by your physician. But it might become the last choice if your symptoms do not improve with non-surgical modalities or if you repetitively suffer from recurrent bursitis.
Minimal invasive regenerative treatment could help you recover from pain by repairing the damaged tissues naturally.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) treatment for elbow bursitis is an effective non-surgical procedure to reduce inflammation and improve joint function by stimulating your blood’s healing ability. Since PRP is rich in platelets and growth factors, it can promote tissue repair . Patients could see significant improvement in symptoms in 1-2 weeks of having PRP injections.
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