What is a triceps tendon tear?
A triceps tendon tear is an injury to the flexible, fibrous connective tissue that attaches the large muscle groups that run along the backside of the arm (triceps) to the bone in the ulna bone of the elbow. The triceps allow the elbow to straighten. When there is damage to the tendon, such as a tear or a rupture, it causes weakness and pain when trying to extend the arm, pain, and triceps muscle cramping. Surgery is performed to repair the tendon and secure it back to the bone in the elbow. The repair will allow an individual to regain elbow function, triceps strength and elbow flexibility.