If a child below age of 3 years, when lifted with his hand, gets sudden pain in elbow, cries incessantly and refuses to use his hand. DO NOT MASSAGE the elbow, consult a specialist immediately.
Golfer's Elbow - This is seen amongst Golf players. There is pain on the inside of the elbow, over the origin of flexor muscles. The pain increases on stretching the flexors.
Treatment consists of local heat application, avoid overuse, medicines to reduce pain and swelling and physiotherapy in the form of ultrasonic rays.
If pain does not subside with these, one may require a local steroid injection to relieve the pain.
Only in cases which do not respond to these measures that one may require surgery for relief of the pain.
Olecranon Bursitis :The bursa ( a small fluid filled, lubricating bag )behind the elbow (Olecranon process) is a tissue space.
It is liable to
Traumatic bursitis, also known as Student's elbow, Here the bursa is distended with clear fluid.
Infective bursitis, Here the bursa is filled with pus.
Gouty bursitis, there is inflammation and whitish deposits of the sodium biurate (tophi), can be seen through the bursal walls. Serum levels of high uric acid may be detected.
Diagnosis may be achieved by X rays or by Radio Isotopic scanning. Affliction of the several other joints leads to the diagnosis as well. Blood test is contributory.