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The triceps muscle runs along the back of the arm and inserts onto the bony protuberance (olecranon) on the back of the elbow. The triceps muscle is responsible for straightening the elbow joint. In the case of overuse of the triceps muscle the tendon may become inflamed leading to triceps tendonitis.

Symptoms of Triceps tendonitis

There will be pain and tenderness at the back of the elbow just above the bony protuberance. Pain is often exacerbated by resisted contraction of the triceps and passive stretching. There may be some mild swelling on the posterior elbow.

Diagnosis and treatment

Your physiotherapist will be able to diagnose and treat this condition. Initially treatment would involve rest from any aggravating activities and reduction of inflammation and pain. Your therapist may at this time use electrotherapeutic modalities, ice and massage. Your therapist would then look at any other predisposing factors (e.g. muscle weakness, muscle tightness) and treat them as appropriate. Your therapist will also be able to help in guiding you in your return to sport/activity.