Triceps Tendon Rupture
- Elbow pain at rest and during exercise.
- A painful swelling on the back of the elbow.
- Limited mobility in the elbow.
Treatment For Triceps Tendon Rupture
- Apply ice or cold therapy to the injury in the first two days.
- Use ultrasound or laser treatment.
- Prescribe anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen.
Aims of rehabilitation
- To reduce initial pain, inflammation and swelling.
- Restore or improve flexibility.
- Increase strength.
- Return to full fitness.
- Ice - apply for 20 minutes at least three times a day. Every two hours if possible for the first day.
- Rest - avoid any activities which cause pain. If it hurts you are probably making it worse.
- NSAID (Non Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs) e.g. Ibuprofen can help reduce inflammation in the early stages. Always consult a Doctor or Pharmacist before taking any medication. Ibuprofen should not be taken by people who have asthma.
- Maintain fitness by running or walking. It is important that you maintain some kind of training routine.
- Stretching exercises for the tricep muscle can begin as soon as pain allows.
- Stretching should be done regularly, three times a day initially and should be maintained long after the injury has healed to prevent the injury returning.
- Hold the stretch for 20 to 30 seconds, repeat 5 times as long as there is no pain.
- Use sports massage techniques. This will help prevent adhesions (sticky bits) forming. These adhesions stop the tendon sliding smoothly in its sheath.
- Sports massage should also be used on the tricep muscles themselves to aid in improving the flexibility and general condition of these muscles.
- Strengthening exercises should begin as soon as they can be done without pain. This may be as early as 2 days after injury but could be a week or more depending on severity.
- If you can move the arm comfortably without pain then you may be able to begin strength training.
- Strengthening exercises should be done 3 to 4 times a week. As the intensity of exercise increases, so must the rest period to allow the elbow to recover before the next training session.
- Strengthening sessions should always be done with a good stretch before and after.
- Apply ice after strengthening sessions to keep inflammation down, especially in the first few sessions