About Triceps Tendinitis
Triceps tendinitis or tendinopathy refers to chronic inflammation and/or dysfunction of the triceps tendon. The triceps tendon connects the triceps muscle to the elbow. Triceps tendonitis is commonly seen in athletes and people who repetitively overuse and strain the triceps muscle. Regular use of the triceps muscle for activities such as throwing, using a hammer or lifting heavy weights can also cause this condition. The root cause of triceps tendonitis is recurrent trauma to the tendon insertion that generally occurs with movements that place the elbow under stress. This repeated stress can cause inflammation, partial tears and/or damage to the tendon which ultimately results in pain and discomfort.
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Symptoms of Triceps Tendinitis
The most common symptom of triceps tendonitis is pain in the elbow. This pain may not be present at rest but can be worse upon movement of the arm or when pushing or lifting is being performed. On examination of the arm, there is usually tenderness at the tip of the elbow where the triceps tendon attaches and just above this area where the tendon transitions into muscle. In severe cases, pain can occur at rest, which can limit the mobility of the elbow and affect activities of daily living. In some cases of triceps tendonitis, there may be mild swelling around the elbow joint as well. Weakness of the muscle may also be a symptom and patients may have difficulty straightening out the elbow from a flexed position.
Treatments for Triceps Tendinitis
For patients who suffer from triceps tendinitis, Ospina Medical offers a variety of treatment options. Patients may benefit from cortisone or steroid injections to the triceps tendon sheath which is an area around the tendon itself. This may help with decreasing inflammation and improving pain, however it does not repair the damaged tendon. We also offer Regenexx regenerative medicine procedures that can help heal and restore strength to damaged or torn tendons. Our providers utilize platelet rich plasma (PRP) and if needed bone marrow concentrate containing stem cells to stimulate the body’s own natural healing response that can lead to resolution of partial tears and tendinitis.
If you suffer from triceps tendinitis, contact Ospina Medical to schedule an appointment and learn more about your treatment options. Our providers specialize in Regenexx treatments that can help heal and restore damaged or partially torn tendons. Book your consultation at Ospina Medical in Midtown Manhattan today.