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.