Bursitis of the Elbow Treatment
Treatment for elbow bursitis often includes rest, cold compresses, elevation, and elastic wrapping. Other measures include physical therapy and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Oral corticosteroids or injectable corticosteroids may be recommended in more serious cases.
Treatment for elbow bursitis may include:
- Cold compresses on elbow
- Elevate the elbow to reduce swelling
- Elastic wrap the elbow
- Physical therapy for bursitis
- Occupational therapy
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, NeoProfen)
- Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis, Oruvail)
- Naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, Aleve)
- Oral corticosteroids:
- Corticosteroid injection for elbow bursitis:
- Methylprednisolone (Depo-Medrol, Medrol, Solu-Medrol, Kenalog)
- Removal of fluid from the bursa
- Surgery for elbow bursitis
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Bursitis of the Elbow Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of elbow bursitis.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Is surgery an option for me?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Do I need to lose weight?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- Will I need physical therapy?
- Will I need occupational therapy?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for complications?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for bursitis?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
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