February 10, 2014 12:19 PM Subscribe
I had a severe fall on my elbow in August 2013 and after all the tests, I was told it's a complete burst of the bursa sac/bursitis. Have tried physio/acupuncture/reiki/cortisone shot with no relief (but swelling is down). What can I do to help with the pain???
posted by katie521 to Health & Fitness (4 answers total)
I play roller derby and took a big fall directly on my elbow in August. I continue to play derby and do other activities but was told to not engage my triceps as this would aggrevate the bursitis. I followed that for a few months (complete rest/no contact) and the swelling went down but, even after the cortisone shot, I have pretty significant pain with any pressure on the elbow (even from coats/sweaters) still. This is a complete rupture of the bursa sack in my elbow (as opposed to just an inflammation). I've tried everything I can think of (as above - reiki/acupuncture/cortisone/physio) and would like to avoid having to take pain meds. I've been told that the only option left is surgery, which I also want to avoid. Any tips???