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My elbow has a sack of fluid hanging down and I was told it

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My elbow has a sack of fluid hanging down and I was told it was arthritis and I needed the fluid drawn out. What can i do to prevent this. I am 63 and retired.

Dr. Natasha :

hello

Dr. Natasha :

welcome to the chat

Dr. Natasha :

any pain?

Dr. Natasha :

If there is a sack of fluid hanging down, then this is called bursitis, not arthritis

Dr. Natasha :

It bothers you, you can get it drained

Customer:

no pain

Dr. Natasha :

But often the fluid is resorbed

Dr. Natasha :

you just need to wrap a tight bandage around it

Customer:

I have to go to the doctor about every two weeks lately to have it drawn off

Dr. Natasha :

do you wrap your elbow after?

Dr. Natasha :

because arthritis is fluid within the joint

Dr. Natasha :

bursa fluid is outside of the joint

Customer:

No I was not told to

Dr. Natasha :

why not?

Customer:

It just hangs like a little balloon from my elbo

Dr. Natasha :

why can't you wrap your elbow?

Customer:

My doctor said to come back when it got bigger and have it drained. He never said to wrap it

Dr. Natasha :

If you compress it, it will prevent the fluid from accumulating

Dr. Natasha :

it is pressure

Dr. Natasha :

We do this all of the time

Dr. Natasha :

after surgery, with chronic effusions, etc

Customer:

Do I need to keep it wrapped all the time or just when it starts getting fluid

Dr. Natasha :

as soon as the fluid is drained

Dr. Natasha :

then keep it wrapped for a couple of weeks

Dr. Natasha :

it may help the tissues adhere to each other

Customer:

thanks

Dr. Natasha :

when you have fluid it is not as helpful

Dr. Natasha :

you are welcome

Dr. Natasha :

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