Does Fluid on the Elbow Always Cause Pain?


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Swelling is generally the first system of bursitis, or aggregation of fluid in the elbow, and while pain is common, early treatment resolves swelling without discomfort, notes the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. If the swelling continues, direct pressure against the elbow causes pain and eventually limits motion.

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Bursitis can result from trauma to the tip of the elbow via a blow, extended pressure on the tip from resting the elbow on a hard surface, or infection. People who lean on their elbows for extended periods of time, such as heating and air technicians and plumbers, may eventually develop bursitis. Common treatments include draining the fluid, anti-inflammatory medications, elbow pads and rest from triggering activities, reports the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

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