If one suspects they have bursitis, initial treatment should first consist of avoiding the activities that produce any pain. A course of rest, ice, physical therapy, and non-steroidal medications to reduce inflammation is highly recommended to begin treating bursitis of the elbow. If the condition is persistent, a pain management specialist may suggest steroidal medication or injections, in conjunction with physical therapy. If there is excessive swelling, your specialist may drain the fluid from the bursa. In only the most severe cases is surgical intervention used to correct the condition.