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Bursitis Elbow Fluid

Written By: admin - Jan• 08•12

Bursitis is aggravating inflammation or irritation of the bursa. The bursa is a flexible sac filled with fluid that covers and cushions the movement between bones, tendons and muscles near joints. Bursitis can arise due to an injury, infection, chronic overuse of a joint, trauma, rheumatoid arthritis, or gout.

General Bursitis Symptoms:

Individuals in distress from bursitis usually feel pain and tenderness around the impacted joint or tendon. The bursae sacs may swell making movement of the affected joint challenging. The joints most commonly bothered by bursitis are: *shoulder *elbow *wrist *hand *knee *foot

Below we will discuss symptoms of different kind of bursitis:

Shoulder Bursitis:

The subdeltoid bursa sets apart the supraspinatus tendon from the overlying bone and deltoid muscle. When this bursa gets inflamed due to an injury, it causes pain in the side or front portion of the shoulder.

Symptoms of Shoulder Bursitis:

Limited mobility Localized tenderness Redness and bulging in affected areas Increased pain at night

Elbow Bursitis:

One of the most often seen types of bursitis is Elbow Bursitis (Olecranon bursitis). This bursitis is brought on by the inflammation of bursa in the elbow area. The elbow is prone to bursitis as a result of recurring exposure to direct trauma or repetitive motions from twisting and extending the elbow.

Symptoms of Elbow Bursitis:

discomfort around the back of the elbow Swelling directly over the bony prominence of the tip of the elbow Slightly limited motion of the elbow

Knee Bursitis:

Kneecap (prepatellar) bursitis develops on the front portion of the kneecap. This is usually associated with either chronic trauma or an acute strike to the knee.

Symptoms of Knee Bursitis:

Swelling on the kneecap may occur as late as 7-10 days after a single blow to the location. Significant pain when kneeling Stiffness and pain with walking.

Ankle Bursitis:

Ankle bursitis (Retrocalcaneal bursitis) takes place when the bursa around the Achilles tendon in the ankle becomes aggravated. This bursitis is generally caused by wearing badly designed shoes (often high heels) or lengthy walking. It is typical in young athletes, ice skaters, and women that routinely wear high heels.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Bursitis? Elbow Fluid Build Up? Any Ideas?
    On July 4th I crashed my bicycle and landed on my elbow. A friend helped wash the wound and applied hydrogen peroxide and cleaned everything up. The friend thought the wound very deep perhaps even to the bone.

    It didn't hurt or bother me enough for me to consider it that bad. It healed pretty normally over the past 2 weeks with no discomfort, no spreading redness or dying skin from infection, nothing. Seemed fine.

    (beware following is kind of nasty)
    Then 2 days ago I awoke to have the elbow swollen. I figured I'd hit it and had regular swelling. The scab from the July 4th accident was still there and I spread the skin open and the scab leaked a clear/tinged yellow liquid with very small traces of blood. It leaked A LOT. And now in the morning I can wet the scab apply pressure and literally squirt this yellowish fluid upwards of a few feet.

    I am self treating with slight compression, triple antibiotics, NSAIDS (Advil), and Rest.

    The fluid build up began the day after I started lifting weights (with concentration on movements that involve my elbows).

    There had been a previous bit of either bone, scar tissue, or other body in the elbow from previous injuries that I'd ignored.

    I can't go to the hospital given my current location for some time so if anyone has any advice I'd be very appreciative.

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      First and foremost I suggest that you visit a doctor to get a proper diagnosis and recommendation for treatment.

      It does sound as though you have trauma to the bursa in your elbow and there may also be an infection. The bursa may have gotten injured during your wipeout on your bike and the infection can be attributed to the abrasions you received on the skin covering your elbow. Because your injury is still so new the best course of action you can take right now is a RICE formula - Rest your elbow and limit your activity; Ice the area at least 2 times a day for 20 minutes; Compress the area if possible by adding light pressure to minimize swelling... perhaps use a compression wrap; and Elevate your arm above chest level to relieve the pressure from swelling and allow the fluid to drain from your injury.

      You will need to make sure that the wound is clean and all dirt is cleansed from the wound. The wound should be healed and closed before you consider applying any heat to the injury. You really should not try to add any heat until a few weeks after the skin abrasions have healed and your wound is closed. If you are feeling any heat or warmth radiating from the injury (or if it is warm to the touch) you should really see a doctor immediately.

      Once your body has healed a bit (your wound is closed), and the inflammation/swelling has reduced substantially you may be able to explore the use of radiant energy pads or portable ultrasound devices to heal the bursa in your elbow (if you do in fact have bursitis). A radiant energy device will allow for blood flow stimulation therapy to get rid of the waste matter from your injury, and a portable ultrasound will gently massage your injury with deep-penetrating relief.

      Again I cannot stress how important it is that you visit a doctor to get a proper diagnosis. I've also included a link below where you may read more information about the condition and possibly treatments. Good luck with your injury and I hope you do get some pain relief soon.

  2. QUESTION:
    What can I do to help my elbow bursitis heal?
    This was not caused as much by over-use as it was by an injury and subsequent infection. The amount of fluid in the bursae is moderate and the infection is almost completley cleared up. I have most of my range of motion back.

    • ANSWER:
      Bursitis is just an inflammation of the bursa. Very similar to tendonitis. This can be caused from a wide variety of things, but you need to figure out what it is that is aggravating or irritating the bursa (the outter capsule of a joint). I am guessing that the increased amounts of fluid in your joint from the swelling has lead to the bursa stretching and becoming irritated. If that is the case than you need to work on reducing the fluid. At home you can do range of motion exercises being careful not to aggravate the problem causing more inflammation. But motion will help remove some of the fluid. I would also do contrast therapy, icing and heating for about 10 minutes each.
      If you do PT or chiro care they can use a short burst ultra sound in water to help remove some of the inflammation and by improving the circulation that may decrease your healing time.
      The main thing to remember is that bursitis is an irritation of the bursa, so avoid any activities that aggravate it.

  3. QUESTION:
    I have bursitis in my elbow. Draining does no good. What are my options?
    I have had my elbow drained several times over the last two years but it keeps filling up with fluid. Will surgery solve the problem. At times the pain is unbearable. The circulation gets cut off to my hand when I bend the elbow for a period of time. What can I do?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know if surgery will solve the problem. First you have to find out what is the cause of Bursitis. There is some type of irritation that's allowing for the inflammation of the bursa sac in your elbow. If its infection related, then surgery would be required if the condition worsened. It may also be a sign of early rheumatoid arthritis. I don't know enough about naturalpathic or herbal remedies to say whether or not they would work. I can guarantee that seeing a chiropractor will do absolutely nothing for you except empty your wallet. Below I've included a website that might be able to answer some of your questions. I hope this helps.....good luck.

  4. QUESTION:
    Golf-ball type swelling @ Elbow Joint?
    Hi, my boss finally went to the doctor after a couple of weeks because of some elbow swelling.

    All signs pointed to elbow bursitis. The doctor even made an attempt to pull fluid from the area, first thing.

    He could get no fluid. This was from an injury, not random.

    It's huge- it looks like a red golf-ball on his elbow, is hot and uncomfortable.

    He can move the elbow without much pain, except at night and early morning can be uncomfortable.

    The doctor recommended two weeks wrapped tightly in a bandage to reduce swelling. Now, he can't hardly bend it with the bandage.

    If there wasn't any fluid to drain, could this still be bursitis? I thought that draining was supposed to be relieving....But no fluid.

    Does anyone have another opinion.

    I keep wondering if it's got bone chips floating around. He keeps using it since it's not too painful. I dunno. I'm just trying to help.

    • ANSWER:
      My advice is that he tries another doctor.

  5. QUESTION:
    Is it really Bursitis? Should we get another opinion?
    My husband suffered an injury on the job, and was cleared right away. He had a rusty angle iron shoved into his elbow. Ten months later, he began experiencing swelling in his elbow. The orthopedic doctor diagnosed his original injury as bursitis. The doctor drew the fluid from my husband's arm bi-weekly, and he was treated with Doxycycline Hyclate (an antiobiotic which he took for one and a half months). After seeing no sign of healing, the doctor took him off of the antibiotics stating his body would become immune to the medicine. The doctor also began draining the fluid weekly.

    My husband has not been taking any further anitbiotics or any medicine. Each time his elbow is drained, it swells right back up in a matter of days! Additionally, my husband just started feeling pain within the last two weeks. Last week, the doctor decided to do surgery. What is involved in the surgery? I understand the bursa will be removed, yet I have no additional information. How will surgery help? Finally, could this actually be another problem besides bursitis? The liquid drained from my husband's arm is almost oil-like, black. The last time he had it drained, it was mixed with blood.

    • ANSWER:
      Time for the bursectomy

  6. QUESTION:
    Bursitis in cats!?
    My male Siamese cat who is 14 years old suddenly developed bursitis a few years ago.It's now chronic. In right
    front elbow. Limping badly now and must be in great pain but still has a good appetite. Vets won't do anything like draining it because it will just come back. The only pain meds available for cats he can't take because of a sensitive stomach. The fluid filled sack is very big. Does any one know of something to give him? Herbal stuff? Anything? I feel so sorry for him. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Heating pads are the most helful.

  7. QUESTION:
    Bursitis? little help please!?
    I have terrible knees, shoulders and elbows as well as a bad back/neck. (I was very ahtletic most of my life, many injuries etc...)

    I'm going to to doctor tomorrow because it seems that at least once a month now I am bed ridden with such a bad back that I can't move. Around the same time or at the same time, my knees and shoulders go crazy and my knees even swell with fluid.

    Let's assume I have bursitis for the time being.

    Here's my question:

    With Bursitis, will you have flare ups in more than one joint at a time, ie knees & shoulders simultaneously?

    And before anyone says it, I AM GOING TO THE DOCTOR TOMORROW!

    Thanks for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      Sure, it's very possible, but not certain to occur. It could as easily be one of those other Itis boys bothering you, perhaps Arthur (arthritis ;) )

      The suffix -itis means "inflamation of", and many folks do their own diagnosis of one -itis or another, while likely it's best left to that doc you're planning to see tomorrow to make that diagnosis. Afterall, you're hiring him to give you his expert advice, so barring something completely crazy, it might be best to listen to him.


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