Elbow Swelling

Natural joint pain treatments to help reduce swelling and relieve inflammation of the elbows.

    natural treatments for joint pain to help reduce swelling in elbows

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    1. What Causes Elbow Swelling?
    2. Help for Elbow Swelling
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    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
    • Arthritis
    • Gout
    • Lupus
    • Dislocation
    • Septic bursitis or infection of the bursa
    • Sprain or torn ligament
    • Torn or damaged cartilage
    • A bone fracture

    Help for Elbow Swelling

    Natural Remedies

    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.

    More Information on Elbow Swelling

    Tips for elbow swelling
    • If you have elbow swelling that lasts longer than 48 hours, or is accompanied by intense pain or a fever, then you should seek medical attention where a proper diagnosis can be made and any underlying conditions ruled out.
    • Give your elbow time to rest and heal. Avoid putting weight or pressure on the swollen elbow as much as possible until the swelling has gone down.
    • Use a cold compress. Wrap some crushed ice in a cloth and keep it on your elbow for 20 minutes on to help reduce pain and swelling. Repeat this every 2-4 hours.
    • If you suffer from arthritis then it is important to keep up with stretching and toning exercises. These exercises can help to warm and stretch the muscles and are especially useful after long periods of rest.
    • Regular exercise to improve muscle tone and fitness can be very beneficial. Remember not to push yourself too hard if you are unfit. Choose a gentle exercise that won’t cause pain such as yoga or swimming.
    • Do not lean on your elbows too much. This added pressure on the elbow joint can cause irritation and inflammation.

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