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Elbow Bump Checker

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Your Elbow Bump May Also be Known as:
Bump in elbow
Bump on elbow
Elbow has a bump
Elbow has a lump
Elbow has a mass
Elbow lump
Elbow mass
Lump in elbow
Lump on elbow

Top 3 Elbow Bump Causes

  1. 1.Elbow (Olecranon) Bursitis

    Bursae are small fluid-filled sacks located around the body in strategic locations to provide a cushion and help reduce friction. Olecranon bursitis, or elbow bursitis, is an inflammation of the bursa right on the angle of the elbow, causing pain.

    You can safely treat this condition on your own. Commonly, resting the elbow, applying ice, compression, and keeping the elbow in a raised position can be helpful. Anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen (Advil) may help reduce the pain symptoms as well.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one elbow, swollen elbow, warm and red elbow swelling, elbow pain from an injury, elbow pain from overuse
    Symptoms that always occur with elbow (olecranon) bursitis:
    swollen elbow
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  2. 2.Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a form of arthritis that causes pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of function in your joints. It can affect any joint but is common in the wrist and fingers. RA is an autoimmune disorder, meaning that it is caused by the immune system incorrectly attacking the joints when it shouldn't.

    You should visit your primary care physician who will coordinate care with a specialist. RA is a complex disease, which can require prescription medication to help slow down the damage to your joints, as well as pain killers such as ibuprofen (Advil), or naproxen (Anaprox and Naprosyn). Exercise, especially swimming, can also help with pain and stiffness.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, depressed mood, muscle aches, joint pain, daytime sleepiness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Bartonella Infection (Cat - Scratch Disease)

    Cat-scratch disease is an infection with bartonella bacteria that may occur after a cat bite. In most cases, the disease is not serious.

    You should visit your physician in the next few days.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, headache, loss of appetite, fever, sore throat
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Elbow Bump

  • Q.Is your elbow bump constant or come-and-go?
  • Q.How long have you had the bump?
  • Q.What color is the bump?
  • Q.Do you feel pain when you touch the bump?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions, check our elbow bump symptom checker.

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Elbow Bump Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced elbow bump have also experienced:

    • 29% Elbow Pain
    • 11% Fatigue
    • 5% Swollen Elbow
  • People who have experienced elbow bump had symptoms persist for:

    • 50% Over a Month
    • 14% Less Than a Week
    • 12% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced elbow bump were most often matched with:

    • 1% Elbow (Olecranon) Bursitis
    • 1% Rheumatoid Arthritis

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