The doctor visit: “It’s not bone. They look fine. Possibly a thickened bursa that’s causing the noise.” And what he did not say, but I inferred, “And there’s not anything we can do about it.”
For a few months I’ve had a grinding, rubbing sound near my elbow. Not exactly at the point of the elbow, but close to it. Fearing that I might have some kind of arthritic situation that might need attention at some point, I went to the orthopedist. Xrays were negative on bone issues. So apparently it’s soft tissue of some kind.
I have, for many years, leaned on my left elbow while sitting at a computer terminal. But the point of pressure is not actually the point of the elbow, but the part of the forearm just up from it. I kinda wonder if maybe all those years of leaning on it has caused something like scar tissue to build up somewhere inside.
Since I noticed this, I don’t have 100% of the strength that I used to have in that arm—but it’s not seriously diminished, and I have no pain or issues with range of motion. With that, what I didn’t ask, and should have was, “So am I going to have a noisy elbow for the rest of my life, or might it get ‘better’ on its own?”