Triceps Tendon Rupture Information

Triceps Tendon Rupture Information

Triceps tendon rupture injuries are extremely rare, only comprising around two percent of all tendon injuries. This injury may also be called triceps tendon avulsion or triceps strain. There are a number of different medical factors that may contribute to a triceps tendon rupture, but the injury is most often seen in sports, such as football, and in weight lifting.

 

Triceps Tendon Rupture

Anatomy As It Relates To Triceps Tendon Rupture

Triceps brachii is a single muscle with three different segments (heads) - the medial head, lateral head, and long head. The triceps function to extend the forearm and straighten the elbow. The long head originates near the shoulder blade and crosses the shoulder joint. The lateral head originates at the outside of the upper arm bone (humerus bone) and the medial head originates on the back of the upper arm bone. While each muscle head originates at a different location, they all come together to attach at one tendon (the triceps brachii tendon) at the back of the forearm (ulna bone). A tendon is fibrous connective tissue that attaches muscle to bone in the human body.

What Is A Triceps Tendon Rupture?

Triceps tendon rupture simply means that the triceps brachii tendon fibers are torn and there is a rupture of the bone- tendon-muscle attachment. This may also be described as a grade three triceps strain. More often than not the triceps muscles are contracted when the rupture occurs.

What Causes A Triceps Tendon Rupture?

The triceps tendon can rupture due to any undo strain placed upon it that causes it to stretch unnaturally or repeatedly, thereby resulting in the tendon fibers tearing. While an uncommon injury, it is most often seen in falls where the individual extends their arm and falls on their hand. Pushing or lifting something too heavy can also cause the triceps tendon to rupture, which is why professional and frequent weight lifters are more prone than others to suffer a triceps tendon rupture. A direct blow to the elbow, usually with the triceps muscles contracted, may also cause the tendon to rupture. There are also certain risk factors, injuries, and systemic diseases that my alter the structural integrity of the tendon, thereby leading to weakening and rupture:

* chronic renal failure
* hypocalcaemia tetany
* rheumatoid arthritis
* osteogenesis imprefecta
* olecranon bursitis
* anabolic steroid usage
* having substantially stronger opposing muscles (biceps muscles)

What Are The Symptoms Of A Triceps Tendon Rupture?

* limited mobility in the elbow
* elbow and arm pain that usually intensifies with movement
* localized swelling, redness, bruising, and tenderness
* weakness or loss of strength in the affected arm

 

Strengthening Exercises

These Triceps Exercises are ideal to build strength and flexibility.

Massage Treatment

These Triceps Massage Techniques are of great value in pain relief; circulation stimulation; dispersing blood and fluid accumulations; swelling reduction; and relaxing muscle spasms, especially when used alongside the Sinew Therapeutics liniments and soaks.

 

ACUTE STAGE SYMPTOMS AND TREATMENT

 

This stage is characterized by swelling, redness, pain, and possibly a local sensation of heat, indicating inflammation. If coolness makes your pain feel better, then the Acute Stage Treatment is recommended.

 

ACUTE STAGE SYMPTOMS:

 

The acute stage starts the moment an injury occurs and lasts until the swelling and inflammation are gone. The swelling is the result of the blockage of blood, tissue fluids and circulation in the elbow because their normal movement has been disrupted by the force of the injury. Just like cars back up behind a traffic jam, causing congestion, exhaust and overheating; blood and fluids back up behind the injured elbow, causing pain, inflammation, lumps and swelling.

The sensation of heat is due to the warming action of the blood and fluids overheating in the injured elbow as they back up and accumulate. Stiffness and decreased mobility are due to spasms in tendons and ligaments that have contracted reflexively beyond their normal range from the impact of the injury.

As ligaments and tendons stretch and tear, blood from ruptured blood vessels becomes trapped in the local tissues. As the trapped blood clots up, it sticks the tissues together creating adhesions. Adhesions cause pain, inflammation and restricted movement because the layers of tissue that used to slide smoothly across one another now adhere and snap which interferes with normal functioning. It is essential to break up clotted blood as quickly as possible to prevent adhesions and scar tissue from forming.

During the acute stage it is very important to restore normal circulation to the elbow, break up clotted blood and stagnant fluids, reduce swelling, and reduce the redness and heat associated with inflammation. By restoring the flow of blood, fluids, and circulation in the elbow, then pain is relieved, damaged tissues can regenerate with healthy functional tissue, and the elbow can strengthen and regain it's mobility.

 

ACUTE STAGE TREATMENT:

 

1. Apply the Sinew Herbal Ice on your elbow to reduce redness, swelling, and inflammation while dispersing accumulated blood and fluids to help restore normal circulation to the elbow. This first-aid treatment is used in place of ice to significantly speed up the healing process. It reduces the swelling and inflammation more effectively than ice, allowing you to more quickly regain range of motion. Acute Sinew Liniment can be used in-between applications.

Ice is not recommended because it does not help repair damaged tissues and keeps everything in the injured area frozen, causing the stagnation of blood and fluids and the contraction of muscles, tendons and ligaments. In Chinese sports medicine ice is not used and is considered a culprit in injuries that donít heal well.

2. Massage your elbow with Acute Sinew Liniment to relieve pain, reduce swelling and inflammation, break up clotted blood and stagnant fluids, and stimulate circulation of blood and fluids to help cells quickly repair damaged tissues. Sinew Herbal Ice can be used in-between applications.

3. The Sinew Sports Massage Oil is recommended for use before and after exercise, sports and strenuous activity. It warms and stimulates your muscles, increases circulation and relieves tightness, hence improving your performance and helping to prevent injury.

 

 

CHRONIC STAGE SYMPTOMS AND TREATMENT

 

This stage begins once the swelling and inflammation are gone, but you still feel pain, stiffness, weakness, and/or sensitivity in cold and damp weather. If heat makes your pain feel better, then the Chronic Stage Treatment is recommended.


CHRONIC STAGE SYMPTOMS:

 

The chronic stage begins once the swelling and inflammation are gone, but you still feel aching pain and stiffness. This is because there are still accumulations of stagnant blood and fluids in your elbow that are blocking circulation and blood supply to damaged tissues, creating residual pain, stiffness and weakness. You may actually feel hard nodules like sand in the tissue, indicating accumulation, calcification, and adhesions, which all cause pain, stiffness, and joint instability.

Your elbow may feel more sensitive to the cold and ache in cold and damp weather due to impaired circulation. When you move your elbow you may hear a clicking or popping sound from the tendons and ligaments slipping very slightly in and out of their natural alignment indicating weakness and joint instability, causing chronic pain and a cycle of reinjury. These symptoms are often the result of failure to treat the injury properly from the outset and overicing.

Increasing circulation and blood supply to the damaged tissues is very important in treating chronic injuries because tendons and ligaments do not have an extensive direct supply of blood. That is why chronic injuries can be slow to heal. Increasing local circulation also prevents cold and dampness from penetrating the injured area, preventing pain and stiffness.

During the chronic stage it is very important to break up remaining accumulations of blood and fluids, and increase circulation and blood supply to the damaged tissues. By increasing circulation and blood flow in the elbow, then pain and stiffness is relieved, and the tendons and ligaments can strengthen to restore stability.


CHRONIC STAGE TREATMENT:

 

1. Massage your elbow with Chronic Sinew Liniment to relieve pain and stiffness, strongly stimulate circulation and blood flow to damaged tissues, and promote the healing of overstretched tendons and ligaments. Sinew Injury Poultice can be used in-between applications.

2. Apply the Sinew Injury Poultice on your elbow to relieve residual pain and stiffness, significantly stimulate circulation and blood flow to damaged tissues, and further promote the healing of overstretched tendons and ligaments. The Sinew Injury Poultice is particularly useful if your elbow is more painful in cold and damp weather. Chronic Sinew Liniment can be used in-between applications.

3. The Sinew Sports Massage Oil is recommended for use before and after exercise, sports and strenuous activity. It warms and stimulates your muscles, increases circulation and relieves tightness, hence improving your performance and helping to prevent injury.