Tricep Tendon Tears
Treatment for Torn Tricep Tendon
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Torn Tricep Tendon Treatment & Recovery
Partial tears of the triceps can be treated with rest from movements that cause pain or weakness, ice and anti-inflammatory medications. In some cases physical therapy may be prescribed. Patients are permitted light pushing activities when they are pain-free. If pain and weakness persist for 6 weeks or more, an MRI will be ordered and surgery will be scheduled.
With complete tears of the triceps, the surgeon can often feel a hole in the tendon and there is severe weakness. This requires surgery to reattach the tendon to the bony tip of the elbow (olecranon).
For partial and complete tears, sutures are placed in the triceps tendon. The sutures are used to pull the tendon down to the bone with an anchor. After surgery a hinged brace is applied to the elbow. Over the coming 4-6 weeks, the brace is adjusted by the surgeon to gradually allow full range of motion. Physical therapy may be prescribed after the brace is removed. If there is full pain-free motion and good strength, patients can resume full activities 6 months after surgery.