What Causes Swelling In The Elbows?
Could be tennis elbow
Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic.
I have gone carefully through your query and understand your concerns. you are describing could be consistent with tennis elbow. The cause of the associated inflammation could be a pull on the muscle/tendon. I would insist you to take a picture of the affected area with a finger pointing specifically to the area. Hot compress and compressive bandaging should provide relief. Also google out for (or check youtube) for exercises for tennis elbow. Practice them and I hope it would help.
X rays cannot distinguish soft tissue lesions and therefore would not be helpful. The skin absorption of pain ointments is only minimal and therefore there should not be good improvement.
Let me know if I could help further.