My swollen elbow
Hello again and good morning fellow readers.
A few days ago I woke up with a swollen elbow.
Here’s what my elbow looked like:
Being a Veterinarian, I performed a little ‘self’ diagnostics… (don’t do this at home unless you are a stubborn middle aged man who likes to AVOID the ‘real’ Dr 🙂
Here’s a picture of what I found:
I fact I drained 3ml in total.
Looking under a microscope, it contains red blood cells, but little else- most consistent with…
Here’s what ‘the experts’ suggest..
How is elbow bursitis treated?
* R.I.C.E.: This is a four-step treatment plan that you can follow. R est, I ce, C ompress and E levate your arm to decrease swelling and help your elbow heal.
o Rest: Resting your elbow as much as possible will decrease swelling and keep the bursitis from getting worse. When the pain decreases, begin normal, slow movements.
o Ice: Ice causes blood vessels to constrict (get small) which helps decrease inflammation (swelling, pain and redness). Put crushed ice in a plastic bag and cover it with a towel. Put this on your elbow for 15 to 20 minutes, three to four times each day. Do not sleep on the ice pack because you can get frostbite.
o Compress: Caregivers may wrap your arm with tape or an elastic bandage to keep your elbow from swelling. Loosen the elastic bandage if your fingers begin to tingle or turn blue.
o Elevate: Elevate (raise) your arm to help decrease swelling. Keep your elbow at a level above your heart by gently propping your arm on pillows.
o Antibiotics: You may be given antibiotics to fight infection if needed. Take them as ordered until they are all gone, even if your elbow begins to feel better.
o Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicine: This family of medicine is also called NSAIDs. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicine may help decrease pain and inflammation (swelling). Some NSAIDs may also be used to decrease a high body temperature (fever). This medicine can be bought with or without a doctor’s order. This medicine can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems in certain people. Always read the medicine label and follow the directions on it before using this medicine.
o Steroids: You may be given shots of medicine called steroids to decrease inflammation. Caregivers may also give you local anesthesia. This medicine helps decrease bursitis pain. Because these shots decrease swelling and pain, you may feel like your elbow is healed and that you can return to heavy exercise. It is important not to exercise your elbow until your caregiver says it is OK. You could make the bursitis worse if you exercise your elbow too soon. Ask your caregiver what exercise you may do while your elbow bursitis heals.
* Physical therapy: A physical therapist can do treatments to help your elbows. Caregivers may use ultrasound to increase blood flow to the injured area. This may help bursitis heal faster. Exercises to make your elbow stronger and have better movement will be started after the bursitis has healed.
* Remove extra fluid from the bursa: Caregivers may use a needle to drain fluid from your elbow. Removing the extra fluid may help the bursitis heal faster. The fluid may be sent to a lab and checked for infection.
* Surgery: You may need surgery to remove the bursa or part of your elbow bone. Surgery is usually not needed unless the bursitis is very bad, and does not heal with other treatments.
If any one has similar experiences using Natural Options, I would love to know about them.
It would be much appreciated.