Elbow Bursitis Treatment by Hand Specialists in Houston, TX
Elbow bursitis, or olecranon bursitis, can be diagnosed and treated by Hand Surgery Specialists of Texas in Houston. This condition occurs when the bursa, a flat, fluid-filled sac that provides cushioning and allows the outside of the elbow to move freely, becomes inflamed. Symptoms include gradual swelling of the outside of the elbow that can lead to pain, and this condition is typically the result of a single injury, repetitive pressure on the elbow, or an infection. It is also associated with rheumatoid arthritis and gout. At Hand Surgery Specialists of Texas, our hand doctors can help you understand elbow bursitis and provide the specialized treatment you need.
When you visit one of our offices in Houston, TX, a specialist will discuss your medical history and perform a physical inspection of your elbow. An x-ray may be included to check for fractures or bone spurs as well. Your physician will use this information to recommend the most suitable treatment option for you. Treatment for elbow bursitis will depend on the severity and nature of the condition and may involve:
- Rest, compresses, and anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen
- Antibiotics if the bursa is infected
- Aspiration, or draining the fluid with a needle
- A steroid injection in the elbow
In most circumstances, these options will effectively treat your symptoms. However, in more severe cases, surgical treatment may be necessary. Hand Surgery Specialists of Texas can provide minimally invasive surgery for elbow bursitis when necessary. Our outpatient procedures are available on-site at our offices in Houston, allowing our patients to receive prompt and attentive care.
If you are experiencing symptoms of elbow bursitis or have any other symptoms that affect your elbow, contact Hand Surgery Specialists of Texas today to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient office locations in Houston, TX.