Triceps Tendonitis and Therapeutic Ultrasound

Triceps Tendonitis and Therapeutic Ultrasound

The tricep muscle extends from the shoulder joint all the way down to the elbow joint at the back of the arm. Your triceps tendon is found in the elbow joint and inflammation of this tendon is called triceps tendonitis. The triceps tendon can be injured suddenly or they may be slowly damaged over time. Pain with triceps tendonitis can be felt at the back of the elbow during rest and exercise.

Some of the most common causes for this condition are as follows:

  • Overuse of triceps muscles and tendons
  • Injury, laceration or direct blow to the triceps tendon
  • Prolonged repetitive movements that strain the triceps muscle and tendon
  • Falling on outstretched armLifting heavy weights
  • Pushing heavy weightsExercising without warming up first

The best treatment to start with is rest, ice, compression and elevation. Rest is important, as continued use of the triceps muscles and tendon can make inflammation worse. Ice packs will help with reducing the swelling and pain. Compression of the elbow joint with a compression bandage with also help reduce pain. Elevation is also another key factor in reducing swelling. If you receive no benefit from these methods, further help will be required from a physiotherapist. In worse case scenarios, surgery may be required.

Therapeutic ultrasound is a non‐invasive method of healing triceps tendonitis. The deep heating abilities of ultrasound will relieve pain and muscle spasm to increase tissue extensibility for a speedy recovery. Therapeutic ultrasound can produce many effects other than just the potential heating effect. It has been shown to cause increases in local blood flow, tissue relaxation and scar tissue breakdown. The results include the reduction of swelling and inflammation.


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