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Strain of the Tendon of the Triceps Muscle

Falling on the hand when the arm is flexed or forceful throwing can cause a rupture in the tendon of the triceps, and sometimes the tendon attachment can be torn away from the tip of the elbow.

Symptoms and diagnosis

– Pain occurs in the tip of the elbow where a gap can be felt in the tendon.
– There is impaired power in the arm or inability to straighten the arm at the elbow. An X-ray is needed to exclude bony injury.


– In cases of minor ruptures no treatment, apart from rest, is necessary.
– Surgery should be carried out when young, active athletes have suffered a total rupture of the tendon or the tendon attachment.

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