Getting straight to the point on triceps tendon injuries - Sports Injury

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Getting straight to the point on triceps tendon injuries - Sports Injury

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Chris Mallac explores an ‘uncommon injury,’ triceps tendinopathy and rupture. In addition to considering injury pathology, he also discusses imaging and diagnosis, along with management guidelines for rehab.

Tendinopathies of the triceps tendon, and the potential serious sequalae of partial and complete ruptures, are a relatively rare but debilitating condition that can affect power athletes(1). For the power athlete participating in a ‘push’ based sport such as powerlifting, contact football, and martial arts/combat sports, triceps tendon pathology can cause significant symptoms and be functionally limiting(2-4).

The more common tendon injuries include the lateral and medial epicondyle tendons (extensor origin and flexor origin) and the distal bicep tendon(5). It has been estimated (using magnetic resonance imaging [MRI]) that only 3.8% of tendinopathies affect the triceps tendon(6). Along the triceps tendon injury continuum, partial tears are the most common triceps injury comprising around 23% of the distal triceps tendon injuries.

As the average age of those injured is around 46 years, this suggests that developing tendon degeneration is a necessary precursor to partial or complete rupture(6). The serious end-stage pathology is a tendon rupture; however, this has been estimated to be extremely rare (in less than 1% of serious tendon injuries to the upper limb)(1).

It is more common for serious injuries such as tendon rupture to affect males between the ages of 40-50 at a ratio of 11:1 ratio of males to females(6,10,11). The incidence of chronic triceps tendinopathy is unknown; many cases of triceps tendon pain may go unreported as often, gym goers simply modify the choice of exercises to avoid tendon pain.

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