Elbow Bursitis Treatment
If you are currently suffering from inflammation, swelling or other painful symptoms caused by elbow bursitis, then it is highly likely that this is starting to affect your work, sleep and lifestyle.
Furthermore, if you are someone who enjoyed physical activities or just getting out and about prior to developing elbow bursitis, then it can be quite mentally challenging to deal with.
Bursitis in the elbow can often make even everyday activities difficult, dramatically impacting your quality of life. This resulting change in lifestyle, combined with the ongoing pain and disrupted sleep, may possibly lead to depression in some individuals.
Hence it is important to make sure that you properly address bursitis in the elbow as early as possible.
Below we have provided some valuable tips that you can benefit from straight away. These tips can help minimize the risk of further injury while also supporting your road to recovery.
Following the tips we discuss the most common treatment options available, these include strong anti-inflammatory medication, steroid injections and aspiration of fluid from the area using a syringe.
Finally, you will learn about the OSMO Patch, a natural and effective treatment option which takes advantage of a well know process found in nature called… OSMOSIS!
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TIPS for Elbow Bursitis Relief.
1. Is Exercise For Elbow Bursitis Helpful?
Unfortunately, exercise for elbow bursitis or other such physical activities only places more stress on the injury, resulting in further aggravating the condition.
While it is important to move around normally and not to be bedridden, you should listen to your body and ease off from any activity that is causing pain or placing stress on the elbow. This includes leaning the elbow on any hard surface.
In particular you should avoid any type of repetitive stress where possible. Even seemingly light repetitive movements if done continually over a period of time will cause irritation (such as long periods of use on a keyboard). Unfortunately ongoing irritation may lead to chronic bursitis in the elbow and subsequent formation of fibrous scar tissue. Further resulting in additional inflammation.
So if you enjoy exercise, sports or participate in any physical activity we suggest that you take a break from these activities. Remember that a little sacrifice up front can give a great reward in the end.
Now while exercise for elbow bursitis is not recommended while the condition is active, it may be useful once the condition has completely resolved to rebuild lost muscle mass and strength. This should be done gradually and in some cases it may be helpful to obtain guidance from a qualified physiotherapist to ensure you are doing this correctly.
2. Is Massage a Good Natural Treatment for Elbow Bursitis?
Unlike a muscular injury, which can respond well to massage, elbow bursitis contains inflammatory fluids which are encapsulated in the inflamed and swollen synovial lining of the elbow bursa. The problem with massage is that the fluid cannot be dispersed since it is encapsulated. Furthermore massaging directly over the bursitis will only further irritate the already inflamed synovial lining.
Massaging can however be extremely good for relieving areas where there is referred pain. Often people with elbow bursitis may experience pain in other areas of the arm, such as the forearm or shoulder.
If you are seeing a massage therapist it is a good idea to have discussion with them and request that they do not massage anywhere directly over or close to the bursitis. Any good massage therapist will have your best interests at heart and be more than happy to work with you to achieve the best outcome.
3. Should you be Applying Ice or Heat for your Elbow Bursitis Pain?
When to use ice for treating elbow bursitis?
Ice should be used during the first 24-72 hours after you first become aware of the condition or if you accidentally knock or irritate the area. While ice can also be used to reduce pain by numbing the area, it is unlikely to have any further benefit in reducing the remaining swelling after the initial 72 hrs has passed.
When to use heat for treating elbow bursitis?
After the first 72 hrs has passed, then heat becomes the preferred option. This is due to the fact that heat promotes blood flow, which is necessary for the healing process. IMPORTANT: Do not use heat if an infection is suspected.
What are the Current Treatment Options for Elbow Bursitis?
For the first 24-48 hrs after the initial onset of elbow pain or the visible swelling due to elbow bursitis (olecranon bursitis) it may be appropriate to apply ice and then immobilize and rest the elbow (This should hopefully help minimize the initial swelling).
Unfortunately most people either miss this initial window to treat their elbow injury or their elbow bursitis still continues to swell and cause increased pain.
When this happens your doctor will normally offer either; anti-inflammatory medication, an injection with cortisone or aspiration of fluid from the elbow using a syringe assuming there is a visible lump (this is usually rather a painful procedure for the majority of people).
If you are currently suffering from elbow bursitis then there may be several reasons why you already feel that any or all of the above treatments are not really a viable option for you. This may include;
- You have already tried one or more of these and they provided you little to no benefit.
- You may not be able to take these medications due to age or a pre-existing medical condition.
Fortunately… The OSMO Patch now offers an Intelligent Natural Alternative!
They have been intelligently developed using our patented design to naturally remove excess fluid from the body in order to reduce swelling and the associated pain.
Simply place the OSMO Patch over the affected area at night just prior to going to bed and they go to work while you sleep, removing fluid and stimulating blood flow continually throughout the night. In the morning the used patch is then simply removed and discarded.
It truly is that simple! » See what people are saying after trying the OSMO Patch
The OSMO Patch is an ideal natural alternative for relieving inflammation, swelling and associated pain due to elbow bursitis.
Used in combination with proper rest the OSMO Patch now provides a natural alternative way to support the relief of inflammation and pain associated with bursitis in the elbow.
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So if you are ready for a natural approach to reducing, swelling, inflammation and the associated pain due to elbow bursitis and once again regaining your quality of life… Then the OSMO Patch is the Answer!
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Disclaimer: The information on this page is intended for individuals who have been medically diagnosed with elbow bursitis. If you suspect that you have elbow bursitis then it is important to visit a qualified medical professional in order to rule out any other possible causes prior to considering any advice or treatment option.
Real accounts by real people. Hear what they have to say!
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