What Are Triceps Tendon Tears?
The triceps tendon attaches the triceps muscle to the elbow. It can be partially or completely torn due to:
- Throwing activities
- A blow
- The arm being suddenly pulled straight
Typically, symptoms include:
- A popping noise
- A bulge in the upper arm
Treatment depends on the severity of the tear.
How Are Triceps Tendon Tears Treated?
Partial tears may heal using nonsurgical treatment options, such as:
- Activity modification. Slowing down or stopping activities that involve using the elbow.
- Physical therapy. Stretching and strengthening the triceps muscle and tendon.
- A strap, brace, or spint.
Complete tears are rare and may require surgical intervention. An orthopedic surgeon performs a triceps tendon repair to attach the torn tendon to the bone. Following surgery, the elbow is immobilized for 2-4 weeks. Following immobilization, physical therapy is used to stretch and strengthen the muscle, and prevent future injury.