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Resisted extension


The subject stands with the arm alongside the body, the elbow flexed to 90° and the forearm in supination. The examiner stands level with the elbow. One hand supports the distal part of the forearm and the other hand is on top of the shoulder.


Resist the subject’s attempt to extend the elbow.


Tear of the Tendon of the Triceps

Falling on the hand when the arm is flexed or forceful throwing can cause a rupture in the tendon of the triceps. Weightlifting with very heavy weights can also cause this injury. Most tricep tears are partial and are most commonly located at the insertion of the olecranon (the tip of the elbow); occasionally, however, […]

Triceps Tendon Rupture


There is acute onset of pain and bleeding around the triceps, tendor insection at the olecranon of the elbow, and loss of extension power.


This is an injury occurring from an excessive eccentric contraction or direct impact to the elbow, often affecting players in contact sports. Occasionally an avulsion fracture may […]

Olecranon Bursitis


There is gradual or acute onset of localised swelling and inflammatory signs over the olecranon.


It can occur after direct trauma and bleeding, from repetitive stress causing synovial fluid to fill the bursa, ‘student’s elbow’ or pus in the bursa from infected superficial skin wounds.


Localised tender fluctuating […]

Olecranon Fracture

Basics Description The olecranon: Is the proximal bony projection of the ulna at the elbow Articulates with the trochlea of the distal humerus to form the ulnohumeral portion of the elbow joint: This articulation is responsible for flexion and extension of the elbow joint. Is the insertion site of the triceps tendon Contraction of […]

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