Swelling of the elbow joint may occur due to accumulation of the excessive fluid in or around the joint. It may be temporary but may cause long-term discomfort if left untreated.
Stiffness and swelling in elbow joint mainly occurs due to injury like elbow fracture, dislocation, or sprain, overuse injuries, infection or chronic, debilitating conditions like ankylosing spondylitis, inflammatory bursitis, juvenile arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, tendinitis etc.
Swelling of the elbow joint causes it’s puffing up that is easily noticeable and comparable with the normal elbow. This is generally accompanied with stiffness or difficulty to do simple activities like bathing, brushing, writing, cooking, throwing a ball etc. In addition to this, elbow becomes extremely painful and unable to move. A clicking or popping sound may be heard on moving the joint.