In one of the few e mails that I got from Taylor while he was at training he told me that he had something the medic was calling bursitis in his elbow. He said it looked like there was a golf ball in his elbow. By the time he made it home, this golf ball had turned into a soft ball!!!!
So, you have these fluid filled pads called bursae in your joints. These little pads act as cushions and are in your elbow, knees, shoulders, etc. Well, they can get inflamed, which causes swelling and pain. Luckily Taylor is not in any pain.
According to WebMD it can be caused by repetitive, minor impact of the area or a more serious injury. During the landing of Taylor's last jump he hit his elbow pretty hard. There was a gash, but no stitches. My google-researched medical knowledge has led me to diagnose this hit to be the cause of his bursitis. There is danger of infection, but he has shown no signs of it so that is good. Now signs and danger of him looking like a goof ball with a funky elbow…I think his chances are pretty high. :) He said that he actually had some random guy that he didn't know come up to him and say, "Dude, what is up with your elbow?"
He has been compressing it with an ace bandage and taking Motrin, none of which have helped. He has an appointment tomorrow to get it drained. Hopefully it will not return.
Here is a video of this thing…
I do have to say that I'm happy to gave him home, alien elbow and all. :)