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Triceps Tendon Rupture


Like biceps tendon rupture, this condition is a sudden, painful detachment of the tendon⎯only this time at the back of the elbow. It usually happens when the elbow is forcefully bent during a pushing motion or activity. Learn more about when and how triceps tendons are repaired.

Causes & Triggers

  • Forceful straightening against resistance
  • Injury (especially while lifting heavy objects)

Signs & Symptoms

  • “Gap” or space on back of elbow
  • Muscle cramping
  • Slight bulging
  • Weakness (especially when extending elbow)

Tips & Treatment

  • Torn tendons do not “grow back.”
  • Patients may choose to forego repair/reattachment if the tear is partial.
  • Reattachment will require surgery.
  • Surgery is best performed within 4 weeks of injury and includes a period of splinting and bracing, as well as physical therapy.
  • Seek the expertise of a qualified orthopedic specialist to determine the best course of treatment.

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