Swelling, pain, difficulty in placing pressure on the joint or affected area…
These are signs that the bursa of the affected joint has become irritated or inflamed. The causes may be trauma, or prolonged pressure on the bone, or just from prolonged misuse of the affected limb (see RSI).
Are there any treatments?
From a Western perspective the elbow would need to be checked for bone spurs (which may have contributed to the cause) and whether there is an infection. Once they have been excluded we can train you in movements and arm exercises which are rooted in Eastern Body Movement (Qi Gong) that will help to reduce inflammation.
Acupuncture is also excellent at improving blood flow and reducing inflammation and is often combined with massage of the surrounding area.