What Causes Elbow Swelling?
Swelling of the elbow can be a frustrating problem that can cause your elbow to feel stiff and tight and limit your ability to move and straighten your arm. While it is a common complaint after injury; there are a number of other causes of elbow swelling. If swelling comes on suddenly after injury or trauma, is accompanied by severe pain or fever, or if it lasts longer than 48 hours then it is important to seek medical attention.
Possible causes of an inflamed elbow include:
- Olecranon bursitis
- Tennis Elbow
- Golfer's elbow
- Septic bursitis or infection of the bursa
- Sprain or torn ligament
- Torn or damaged cartilage
- A bone fracture
Help for Elbow Swelling
Swelling of the elbow can be uncomfortable and painful and really begin to restrict your movements. Many people that suffer from inflammation are now turning to natural remedies as an alternative to pharmaceutical anti-inflammatory medications which often have unwanted side-effects.
Homeopathic ingredients such as Magnesium phosphoricum and Matricaria recutita both have powerful anti-inflammatory properties and both are renowned for their soothing effect on aching muscles and stiff joints. Arnica is also a well known ingredient that helps support and promote the healing of connective tissue, cartilage and bones while Dulcamara is another excellent anti-inflammatory often used in the treatment of inflammatory conditions such as arthritis.
The ingredients Bryonia and Berberis are also excellent when trying to relieve inflamed joints. In addition, the homeopathic ingredient Rhus tox can be used to relieve pain and stiffness, and works well to heal fibrous tissue markedly joints, tendons, and sheaths.