How Regenerative Medicine Helps to Treat Elbow Bursitis?

Bursae is a tiny jelly-like pouch. Bursae are found throughout the body. It acts as a cushion between bones and soft tissues. Inflammation or irritation of the bursa refers to bursitis. During bursitis, excess fluid will get accumulated around the bursa. Bursitis usually occurs in the elbow, knee, shoulder, hip, and heel. When it comes to the elbow part, bursitis occurs in the olecranon. Olecranon is the pointed bone in the elbow.

Is your elbow red and swollen? In that case, it is time to check if you have elbow bursitis.

 

What are the factors that flare up bursitis?

  • Excess pressure: Do you have the habit of leaning on your elbows? In that case, you may develop it within a few months.
  • Infection: Did you experience any elbow injury? In such cases, it will break your skin. At times, bacteria may enter the bursa and causes infection.
  • Trauma: In case if you have experienced a hard hit on your elbow, be careful! This sudden trauma may produce excess fluid and cause more irritation.

How will you come to know if you have elbow bursitis?

Check if you are undergoing the below-listed symptoms:

  • Swelling – This is the typical initial symptom of elbow bursitis
  • Pain and discomfort – As swelling persists, you will experience discomfort and pain
  • Redness due to bursa infection
  • Warmth
  • Pus
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Fever

If you had any elbow infection, get it treated at once. Else it may spread to the remaining elbow areas.

Is it possible to diagnose elbow bursitis by performing a physical examination?

It’s always better to approach a physician if you are experiencing the above symptoms. The physician will be enquiring about your complete medical history. You can describe your symptoms and explain how you got the injury. Further, the physician may perform a physical examination. To confirm this condition, the physician may recommend an X-ray examination.

How to treat elbow bursitis?

You can treat elbow bursitis non-surgically and surgically.

Your physician usually begins to treat your elbow using non-surgical methods. These methods include:

  • Avoid the activities that put pressure on your affected elbow
  • RICE therapy involves rest, ice therapy, compression, and elevation.
  • The use of elbow pads may cushion your elbow. They may also relieve any excess pressure
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may help to reduce pain and swelling.
  • Fluid drainage with the help of a needle
  • Steroid injections

Both medications and steroid injections may cause several side effects. So, don’t follow these treatments for a long duration.

In case if all the above treatments fail, the physician may recommend surgery. Your physician may apply a splint after surgery to protect your skin. However, there is no need for casts. But surgery has several significant complications. After undergoing surgery, you should strictly follow rehabilitation practice. You can get back to your routine life only after six months.

Moreover, all the above methods provide only temporary relief. They may only mask the symptoms. How about the underlying causes? Unless the physicians treat the underlying causes, there is no permanent relief.

 

How regenerative medicine helps?

Before proceeding with surgery, hold on. Here’s the regenerative treatment that helps in delivering permanent relief. This method not only masks the symptoms but also treats the underlying cause. PRP (Platelets-rich plasma) therapy and stem cell therapy come under regenerative medicine. These therapies repair the affected elbow and revive its function naturally.

Moreover, they prompt the body’s healing mechanism without any complications. These therapies use your own cells. So, you don’t experience any allergy or rejection.

If your symptoms are recent, approach our clinic for immediate care. We offer regenerative treatment, physical therapy, and nutritional therapy. You can opt for them either as a standalone treatment or in combination.