The triceps is a big muscle present on the posterior side of the upper limb. Its function is extension or straightening of the elbow joint or the arm. The triceps tendon is attached to the posterior side of the elbow. Falling heavily onto the hands, lifting heavy weights and pushing heavy things result in rupture of this tendon. The triceps tendon can also become inflamed due to prolonged overuse.
Symptoms of Triceps Tendon Inflammation or Strain
- Pain at the elbow at rest and during exercise.
- Pain is also present posteriorly at the elbow.
- Tenderness or pain upon pressure.
- Swelling may be present at the back of the elbow.
- Restricted elbow movement.
- Pain upon extending the elbow, particularly against resistance.
- Pain upon stretching the triceps muscle.
Causes of Triceps Tendon Inflammation or Strain
- Falling on outstretched arm.
- Lifting heavy weights.
- Pushing heavy weights.
- Prolonged overuse.
- Exercising without warming up first.
Treatment of Triceps Tendon Inflammation or Strain
- Rest should be taken especially from aggravating activities.
- Initially, ice or cold therapy should be applied.
- Once the pain has reduced, the triceps should be gently stretched.
- Patient should consult a sports injury specialist for further treatment and rehabilitation.
- X-ray of the elbow should be taken to exclude avulsion fractures.
- Ultrasound or laser treatment also helps.
- Anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen help in relieving pain and inflammation.
- Sports massage may be done speed up the healing in the muscles.
- Patient should follow a rehabilitation program in order to recover faster.
- If the patient does not benefit from conservative treatment then surgery may be required to repair a tendon rupture.