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Suggest treatment for slight swelling after injuring right elbow

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Posted on Wed, 16 Dec 2015
Question: I injured my right elbow 2 1/2 weeks ago, Swelling is slightly less. Tenderness has improved. At first there was soreness of tricept and epicondyl tendons, that has improved.
Have tried ice, heat, arnicare topical, and arnica XXXXXXX 30X, but not on a schedule.
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Answered by Dr. Sudhir Kumar (24 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Seems to be blood/ fluid collection in olecranon bursa.

Detailed Answer:
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Thanks for your query

I'm Dr Sudhir Kumar

I have gone through your query and understand your concern. I have seen your attached photograph also. It seems that there is blood collection at tip of elbow. Seems to be blood/ fluid collection in olecranon bursa. By looking to photograph it seems that it will require aspiration by wide bore needle under aseptic conditions. Analgesic such as ibuprofen is useful in pain and swelling reduction. Topical application have little use however Thrombophobe gel application without rubbing may help in reabsorption of blood. However it is unlikely to be fracture or dislocation but x ray of elbow is advisable. Icing is helpful but rubbing ( massage) is not advisable. You can discuss with your doctor about it.

Hope your query get answered. If you have any clarification then I will be happy to help you.

Wishing you a good health.
Take care.
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Suggest treatment for slight swelling after injuring right elbow

Brief Answer: Seems to be blood/ fluid collection in olecranon bursa. Detailed Answer: Hi Thanks for your query I'm Dr Sudhir Kumar I have gone through your query and understand your concern. I have seen your attached photograph also. It seems that there is blood collection at tip of elbow. Seems to be blood/ fluid collection in olecranon bursa. By looking to photograph it seems that it will require aspiration by wide bore needle under aseptic conditions. Analgesic such as ibuprofen is useful in pain and swelling reduction. Topical application have little use however Thrombophobe gel application without rubbing may help in reabsorption of blood. However it is unlikely to be fracture or dislocation but x ray of elbow is advisable. Icing is helpful but rubbing ( massage) is not advisable. You can discuss with your doctor about it. Hope your query get answered. If you have any clarification then I will be happy to help you. Wishing you a good health. Take care.