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Question: bursitis


 richard petak - Tue Nov 18, 2003 10:18 pm

I was diagnosed with bursitis 2 weeks ago, since then my elbow has a large hard knot on it and is still painful. does anyone know what this could be?
 Dr. Russell M - Wed Nov 19, 2003 3:42 pm

User avatar Hello Petak!

Since you have already been diagnosed with bursitis, I wouldn't worry about the knot, which could be the sign of your diagnosis. Olecranon (name of an elbow bone) bursitis most classically presents as a posterior elbow swelling that is very clearly demarcated, appearing as a goose egg over the olecranon process (the bone at the tip of the elbow).

Treatments include medicine, surgery, and physical therapy depending on the response. RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) is recommended.

I hope this helps.

- Bill

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