I've heard of water in the knee. Is it possible to have water in the elbow?

For the last several weeks I’ve had a sore right elbow that is very tender and a little bruised looking but I don’t recall hitting it. I also press on it and I can put an indentation in it like you can when your ankles are swollen.

Thanks in advance for your answers. 🙂

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  1. twocoolinc, 19 May, 2010

    Could be an elbow strain or sprain similar to tennis elbow.

    Strains are injuries that affect muscles or tendons, thick bands that attach muscles to bones. They occur in response to a quick tear, twist, or pull of the muscle. Strains are an acute type of injury that results from overstretching or over contraction. Pain, weakness, and muscle spasms are common symptoms experienced after a strain occurs.

    Sprains are injuries that affect ligaments, thick bands of cartilage that attach bone to bone. They occur in response to a stretch or tear of a ligament. Sprains are an acute type of injury that results from trauma such as a fall or outside force that displaces the surrounding joint from its normal alignment. Sprains can range from a mild ligamentous stretch to a complete tear. Bruising, swelling, instability, and painful movement are common symptoms experienced after a sprain occurs.

    RICE is the acronym used for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. It is used as the best initial treatment of soft tissue injuries such as sprains, strains, and contusions. The combination of RICE helps reduce inflammation that occurs after acute injury. It is important to remember that the earlier this treatment is put into place, the more effective it is.

    Rest: Rest and protect the injured area.

    Ice: Apply ice to the injury. The cold will reduce swelling and pain at the injured site. This step should be done as soon as possible. Apply the frozen object to the area for 20 minutes three times a day for the first 48 hours.

    Compression: Compress the injured site. This will decreases swelling of the injured region. Although the wrap should be snug, make sure it is not too tight as this can cause numbness, tingling, or increased pain.

    Elevation: Elevate the injured area above the level of the heart as much as possible. This technique will also assist in reducing the amount of swelling to the injured site.

    Once the pain and swelling are eliminated, you should start gradual range of motion exercises but not to the point of pain. Each day your range of motion will increase slightly. Continue until you have complete range of motion. Than start gentle strengthening exercises to re-build the strength in the elbow.

    The stiffness will go away over time.

    See http://www.coldoneinc.com/elbow_wrap.html

    Good Luck

  2. mlgable, 19 May, 2010

    Yes you can have fluid on the elbow. Go in to see the doc and they can take care of it for you. You may not remember hitting anywhere but you don’t have to hit it hard to get fluid on a joint. I have had it on the knee and didn’t remember hitting my knee either but the doc felt I must have.

  3. rebecca m, 19 May, 2010

    its possible to have water anywhere but it also could be an infection and that could be pus in your elbow, go to the doctor and find out cause youll need to get surgery to get it out what ever it is

  4. janet, 19 May, 2010

    yes…it’s not exactly just water. gotta be sure there isn’t infection. if you have pitting edema in your lower extremeties you should also have that checked out.

  5. vanillabear72, 19 May, 2010


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