Elbow Tendonitis Tricep Sprain Back Elbow Sioux City
The triceps muscle runs from the back of the shoulder to the elbow. The muscle starts in three locations and becomes one big muscle group that attaches to the back of the elbow (the area know as the olecranon process). Because of its location and size, contraction of the triceps muscle allows for shoulder extension or elbow extension. Muscle sprains and strains can occur anywhere from the shoulder to the elbow insertion.
The triceps is used during many arm and elbow motions and movements. It can be used dynamically for throwing a baseball or performing an explosive push-up. Many weight lifters tend to injure the muscle with specific triceps lifts and extension movements. We very commonly treat triceps tendinitis injuries at the elbow resulting from people resuming weightlifting exercises too soon after a strain, as well as triceps tendinitis incurred during home or yard projects.
Diagnosing Elbow Tendonitis
Muscle fibers transition into tendon as the muscle attaches to the bone. The triceps attachment site at the elbow is a rather broad tendon that wraps around the back of the olecranon process of the ulna (that is, the back of the elbow). People often injure this area when they strike their elbow against a wall, squishing the tendon between the wall and the bone. This can also produce elbow bursitis, which leads to a soft, squishy, balloon-like feeling around the elbow. Other injuries that occur around the elbow include medial epicondylitis or lateral epicondylitis. The tendons wrapped around the elbow allow us to flex, extend, and rotate the elbow with force. Any of these muscles or tendons can be injured with activity, especially sports or dynamic exercises.
Elbow tendinitis tends to start as mild stiffness and soreness. As the injury progresses, the pain increases. The dull pain transitions into sharp stabbing pain triggered by specific elbow extension movements. People describe increasing pain when performing push-ups or triceps extensions. The pain is localized to a very specific location on the elbow, and a small bump is often felt.
Treatment for Triceps Tendonitis
Testing and physical examination reveals tendinitis along the triceps insertion. Therapy involves ice, heat, electricity, ultrasound, cold laser, massage therapy, and Graston Technique. Graston Technique and Active Release Technique are popular treatments for decreasing pain, muscle spasms, fascial adhesions, and scar tissue along muscle and tendons. Elbow tendinitis responds very well to these treatments, especially when they are used together.
People respond very quickly to treatment; pain intensity, frequency, and duration decreases over a few weeks. These treatments are very successful in returning people back to their previous exercise activities without long-term limitations.
We have had several patients with chronic tendinitis referred to our clinic by their friends. They come here because of how Graston Technique addresses scar tissue and fascial adhesions in chronic muscle and tendon injuries. People with chronic tendinitis injuries respond very well to this treatment, as it breaks up the scar tissue that had developed with the original injury, and which lingers on to cause problems in the elbow during recurrences. These people are often amazed at how quickly their chronic elbow pain has disappeared with treatment.