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  • Anti-inflammatory medicine

    Your doctor may recommend you take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication – such as ibuprofen – to help relieve pain and swelling. Corticosteroid injections are also sometimes used to help relieve bursitis symptoms.

  • RICE method

    You should use the RICE method, which includes rest, ice, compression, and elevation, while you’re at home.

  • Aspiration

    Your doctor may recommend aspiration, which involves piercing the swollen bursa with a needle to drain the pressure and immediately relieve the pain.

  • Physical therapy

    In most cases, your health care provider will prescribe rehabilitation therapy. Our physical therapists establish a unique plan of care that includes specific interventions for your condition and situation to help alleviate pain and improve mobility.

  • Surgery

    If other treatments have been unsuccessful in treating your elbow bursitis, surgery may be needed.


  • Physical examination

    Your doctor will conduct a complete physical examination and collect your health history to help make the diagnosis.

  • Imaging

    Your doctor may order an ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to assess your bursitis.

  • Lab tests

    Your doctor may order a blood test or analysis of fluid from the inflamed elbow bursa to help determine the cause of your joint inflammation and pain.