What is triceps tendonitis?
Tendons connect muscle to bone. Triceps tendonitis is the inflammation of the tendon that connects the triceps muscle to the back of the elbow joint bone. It helps to control the straightening of the arm. It can occur from an injury or repetitive overuse. Some common activities that lead to triceps tendonitis include throwing a baseball, using a hammer, performing bench presses, or falling onto an extended arm.
Risk factors for developing triceps tendonitis:
Anabolic steroid use
Rheumatoid arthritis or diabetes
Improper technique while performing repetitive movement
Not warming up properly before exercise
What are the symptoms of triceps tendonitis?
Aches or pains in the triceps, elbow, or shoulder
Limited movement of the arm
A bulge near the elbow
When does triceps tendonitis require surgery?
Patients who first try conservative treatment and continue to experience triceps tendonitis symptoms are candidates for surgery. Conservative measures include RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) therapy and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications.
How is triceps tendonitis surgery performed?
Dr. Azouz can cut the damaged part of the tendon and reattach it to the elbow. Some cases will require a graft, in which transplanted bone tissue is used to fill the gap after removing the damaged tendon.
What is the anesthesia for triceps tendonitis surgery?
Dr. Azouz will use an axillary block, local anesthetic, and sedation for this procedure. A sedative medication is given before the procedure to help patients relax into a deep sleep. Dr. Azouz then injects an axillary block, which can provide pain relief for up to 24 hours.