Fluid on Elbow

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  • #30206

    In May, I hit my elbow on an underwater rock, while rolling my kayak. No swelling or bruising, but it was quite sore for a few months. Not sore enough that I couldn’t lift, kayak or climb. However, in September, after a couple of pitches of climbing, my elbow developed fluid, about the size of a golf ball. While I can still climb and lift (stopped kayaking until I get elbow pads), is there anything I can do to reduce the swelling (besides compression sleeve)? Or, is draining the fluid my only, real option?

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    Pete Dickinson MS,PT on #30215

    There is a bursae on the end/tip of your elbow that is likely the cause of the ‘golf ball’. The main concern is whether an infection is causing the inflammation. It can be drained, injected with cortisone, as well as removed depending on the severity. I’d get it checked out.

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