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Triceps Tendinitis a Real Pain in the Elbow


How do I know if I have triceps tendinitis?

The triceps muscle extends from the shoulder joint all the way down to the elbow joint at the back of the arm. The triceps tendon attaches the three bellies of the triceps muscle to the elbow joint. Inflammation of this tendon is called triceps tendinitis. Triceps tendinitis is commonly seen in athletes and people who repetitively overuse the triceps muscle.

Symptoms of triceps tendinitis

Tendinitis is an overuse injury that results in inflammation of the tendon, which leads to the most common symptom of triceps tendinitis, you guessed it, elbow pain. This pain may not be present at rest but can be worse upon movement of the arm. There is usually tenderness at the tip of the elbow and just above it which coincides with the location of the triceps tendon. This injury is most likely to occur when a weight trainer changes the type, intensity, or duration of their training. Triceps tendinitis is often seen in people who do not warm up adequately prior to exercise. The triceps muscle may be quite tight, and performing exercise without adequately stretching the muscles can cause tendinitis.

Triceps tendinitis treatments in Omaha, NE

Treatment options may vary depending on the condition’s severity. Conservative treatments such as rest, ice, ultrasound often provide little to absolutely no good. Treatments should be designed to reduce tension/trigger points in the triceps muscle itself. Dry needling or active release techniques (shown below) are two great options we use here at the clinic. Compression wraps or band flossing over the elbow joint with a compression bandage can done to help reduce pain. Once acute symptoms are reduced it is important that rehabilitation exercises be prescribed to to improve joint mobility, and reduce inflammation and pain. One of the best types of rehabilitation programs involves eccentric exercise. Eccentric exercise is the loading of the muscle and tendon as it is lengthening NOT shortening which improves the tensile strength of the tendon.

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Active Release Technique to tricep muscle 1

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Active Release Technique to tricep muscle 2

The Behm Muscle & Joint Clinic approach to triceps tendinitis

At Behm Muscle & Joint Clinic, we know the importance of continuing to do what you love to do. Our treatments are designed to address your pain and get you back to doing the things you love as fast as possible. We employ the best scientific, evidence-based, treatment procedures using a combination of chiropractic manipulation, soft tissue therapy, and rehabilitative exercises. Our Bellevue, NE chiropractic services include: Chiropractic adjustments, myofascial release, active release techniques (ART), dry needling, rehabilitation, rock tape and instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM). If you or someone you know is dealing with triceps tendinitis do not hesitate to give us a call at 402-292-1450 or schedule a consultation online.

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