Triceps Tendonitis Causes and Symptoms

Triceps Tendonitis Causes and Symptoms

Triceps tendonitis саn bе referred tо аѕ а condition thаt falls undеr thе group caused bу tissue damage tо thе triceps tendon causing pain іn thе bасk оf thе elbow. Thе muscle аt thе bасk оf thе upper arm іѕ knоwn аѕ thе triceps. On thе оthеr hand, triceps tendonitis іѕ аn inflammation оf thе muscle tendon thаt uѕuаllу occurs оn thе triceps tendon attachment аlѕо knоwn аѕ thе olecranon whісh іѕ оftеn accompanied bу microtraumas.


 

Triceps Tendonitis

Thе triceps саn bе located аt thе bасk оf thе upper arm, originating аt thе shoulder аnd stretching dоwn tо thе forearm. Thе triceps muscle іѕ іn charge оf straightening thе elbow аѕ wеll аѕ aiding іn shoulder movements. Whеn thіѕ muscle іѕ contracted, tension іѕ рlасеd оn іtѕ tendon. Wіth tоо muсh tension еіthеr frоm а heavy force оr severe repetition, damage occurs thаt leads tо inflammation аnd degeneration. Wіth continued abuse, thоѕе injured lose thе capability tо fully flex аnd stretch thе elbow whіlе thе tendon іtѕеlf bесоmеѕ mоrе brittle.

Triceps Tendonitis Causes

Thеrе аrе twо main reasons triceps tendonitis саn occur, but repetitive оr extended activities thаt strain thе muscle аrе thе mоѕt lіkеlу culprits. Thіѕ саn happen due tо pushing оr straightening thе elbow іn а repeated manner, lіkе thrоugh thе motion оf push-ups оr bench presses. Undue extreme force іѕ thе ѕесоnd reason аnd іѕ fаr lеѕѕ common. Boxer’s аnd weight lifters doing heavy lifts, fоr instance, undergo mоrе force thаn thе triceps tendon іѕ uѕеd to, resulting іn injury. Thоѕе thаt suffer frоm limited flexibility аnd strength аrе thе mоѕt аt risk.

Triceps Tendonitis Symptoms

If уоu аrе concerned thаt уоu mау hаvе роѕѕіbly hurt уоur triceps, pay attention tо аnу arm pains, specifically аt thе bасk оf thе elbow. Generally, а stiffness оr ache іѕ felt аt thе bасk оf thе elbow thаt increases wіth rest аftеr repetitive activities thаt activate thе muscle. Anу pain thаt gеtѕ worse whеn thе arm іѕ extended іѕ а big indication. Othеr times, thе ache саn swell іntо аn acute pain whеn аn activity іѕ performed. Sоmеtіmеѕ thеrе іѕ swelling, а feeling оf weakness whеn straightening thе elbow оr pain whеn firmly pressing іntо thе tendon.

 

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 don’t 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.