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Elbow (olecranon) Bursitis Treatment Overview

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Care Plan


First steps to consider

  • Most cases of elbow bursitis can be treated at home.
  • Try rest, ice, and taking ibuprofen (Advil).

When you may need a provider

  • Your elbow bursitis does not start to improve after 2–3 weeks of home treatments
  • You may also want to see a physical therapist to help strengthen and improve range of motion.

Emergency Care

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Call 911 or go to the ER if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever, chills, nausea, or vomiting
  • Severe pain when moving the elbow
  • Redness, warmth, swelling, or drainage from the joint

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