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Dr. James Chen
Board Certified, Sports Medicine
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How can you heal a torn tricep muscle?

Dr. James Chen
Board Certified, Sports Medicine
10 years in practice
264K people helped
How can you heal a torn tricep muscle?

Depends where torn: A torn triceps at the attachment of the muscle to bone (the tendon) needs to be re-attached through surgery. If the muscle is torn in the body of the muscle then surgery is less successful. Typically the torn muscle will scar down and after it heals you can do rehab and physical therapy. There is nothing you can do to accelerate the healing other than rest the muscle and do not overuse it. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Sider
Board Certified, Sports Medicine
34 years in practice
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What does a torn tricep muscle look like. I fell and thought i had a huge hematoma. Now it looks like I have an indentation

Dr. Jeffrey Sider
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What does a torn tricep muscle look like.  I fell and thought i had a huge hematoma. Now it looks like I have  an indentation

You may have one: While you may not have such a tear , if there is any question you should check it out i wouldn't worry as much about the bruising but the indentation concerns me. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Keith
Board Certified, Podiatry
39 years in practice
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20y Ulnar, median nerves torn & surgically fixed, can't fully stretch elbow yet but I go to gym and can't strengthen my triceps muscle it it's very hard to work without weight!Any advice please thanks?

Dr. Scott Keith
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39 years in practice
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20y Ulnar, median nerves torn & surgically fixed, can't fully stretch elbow yet but I go to gym and can't strengthen my triceps muscle it it's very hard to work without weight!Any advice please thanks?

You only need to ask: The solution is follow the post operative instructions that should have been prescribed by your surgeon. You may need to push him for assistance for the proper rehabilitation protocol. If this is not possible, then inquire at your gym for an exercise coordinator for his input and assistance. ...Read more

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Dr. Lori Wagner
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
22 years in practice
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My right arm keeps twitching between my bicep and tricep. What is the likely cause and treatment? 

Dr. Lori Wagner
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
22 years in practice
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My right arm keeps twitching between my bicep and tricep. What is the likely cause and treatment? 

Fasciculation: Most of the time a muscle "twitch" (or fasciculation) is totally normal. However, it can be a sign of nerve disease (lower motor neuron disease). If there was a nerve disease, i would also expect to have some evidence of sensory or strength loss on exam (and in the patient's list of complaints). Additionally i would expect reflexes to be reduced or absent. Without these, it is probably normal. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Mass
Board Certified, Orthopedic surgery, hand surgery
41 years in practice
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I had elbow pain so had it X-rayed and the report says I have a tricep enthesophyte, is surgery the best/only treatment? Is triceptrupture a concern?

Dr. Daniel Mass
Board Certified, Orthopedic surgery, hand surgery
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I had elbow pain so had it X-rayed and the report says I have a tricep enthesophyte, is surgery the best/only treatment?  Is triceptrupture a concern?

No: This is an X-ray finding. It is not unusual. This rarely leds to problems ...Read more

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Dr. Edward Hellman
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
24 years in practice
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Calcific tendonitis measuring 4x1 mm involving the olecranon insertional fibers of tricep tendons. Will this heal? Risks? Advice? Treatment? Thanks

Dr. Edward Hellman
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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Calcific tendonitis measuring 4x1 mm involving the olecranon insertional fibers of tricep tendons.  Will this heal? Risks? Advice? Treatment? Thanks

Varies: When a tendon has chronic or multiple of episodes of inflammation and/or injury, calcifications can develop. At 4x1 mm they are extremely small. They don't really heal. One way to look it is they are really just a symptom of of chronically irritated tendon. Treatment involves addressing the cause of the tendinitis. ...Read more

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Dr. Paul Grutter
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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Diagnosed, triceps tendon has pulled a bit of bone off the olecranon process. Where do I go from here treatment wise?

Dr. Paul Grutter
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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Diagnosed, triceps tendon has pulled a bit of bone off the olecranon process. Where do I go from here treatment wise?

Orthopedic surgeon: Triceps tendon ruptures or avulsions from the olecranon process require operative repair to restore elbow flexion strength. The repair is more successful if done acutely. ...Read more

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Dr. Pierre Moeser
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Pain in tricep area when I tense the muscle, feels like pain after workout but I haven't worked out properly. From hitting my head maybe?

Dr. Pierre Moeser
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Pain in tricep area when I tense the muscle, feels like pain after workout but I haven't worked out properly. From hitting my head maybe?

No: No, it's not from hitting your head. Pain localized to the muscle that hurts with certain activities is truly arising from the muscle itself. It could be a muscle strain, tendonitis, or a muscle simply not used to certain workout activities. ...Read more

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Dr. David Lipkin
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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Are there lymph nodes in tricep area or am I feeling a muscle?

Dr. David Lipkin
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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Are there lymph nodes in tricep area or am I feeling a muscle?

No lymph nodes: No lymph nodes are present in the triceps area. May be feeling a muscle ...Read more

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Dr. David Schleimer
Board Certified, Orthodontics
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I have a burning pain below my tricep muscle, i did this lifting weights. I've had the pain for over a week should I take medication or be resting it?

Dr. David Schleimer
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I have a burning pain below my tricep muscle, i did this lifting weights. I've had the pain for over a week should I take medication or be resting it?

Rest first: Muscle pain is the way your body tells you to take it easy. If continues investigate further. ...Read more

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