What is elbow lump?

An elbow lump is an abnormal protrusion or bump within the elbow joint or on the surface of the elbow. Elbow lumps can happen to anyone. Often, elbow lumps are the result of an injury, such as a blow to the elbow.

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Elbow lumps may result from inflammation (swelling), poor healing of a broken bone, or a growth, such as a cyst or tumor. Inflammation of the elbow can result from tendinitis, bursitis, sports injury, sprains, strains, arthritis, or infections within the joint. Growths can be either benign or cancerous in nature.

Treatment for elbow lump is dependent on the cause of the lump. If the elbow lump causes no discomfort, no treatment may be necessary. In cases of inflammation, anti-inflammatory medications or steroids may help improve the condition. Pain medication may help to alleviate any pain that you may experience along with elbow lump. Elbow lumps that arise due to tumors or serious causes may require surgery.

Seek prompt medical care for painful lumps on the elbow or lumps that interfere with joint motion. If your elbow lump is persistent or causes you concern, seek prompt medical care.

SYMPTOMS

What other symptoms might occur with elbow lump?

Elbow lump may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition.... Read more about elbow lumpsymptoms

CAUSES

What causes elbow lump?

Elbow lump is often caused by traumatic injury, such as a sharp blow to the elbow. In these cases, the elbow lump may be related to swelling of the elbow. In other cases, a benign growth or tumor might be responsible for the lump. If you have recently injured your elbow, the lump may be due to healing of a fractured bone in the elbow.... Read more about elbow lumpcauses

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