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How can you heal a torn tricep muscle?

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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It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more

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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

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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Treating Muscle Strain (Checklist)

Determine cause, if possible
Once
Try R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression, elevation)
Daily
Ease back into activity. Don't overdo it!
Once
Consider physical therapy or range of motion massage
Once
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My right arm keeps twitching between my bicep and tricep. What is the likely cause and treatment? 

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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Treating Muscle Strain (Checklist)

Rest the injured muscle
once
Wear a splint or brace to support the limb
once
Ice, or alternate heat and ice, on the extremity
30 min, 3x day for 2 weeks
Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, or Naproxen only if unbearable pain at rest
2x day
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Calcific tendonitis measuring 4x1 mm involving the olecranon insertional fibers of tricep tendons. Will this heal? Risks? Advice? Treatment? Thanks

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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Diagnosed, triceps tendon has pulled a bit of bone off the olecranon process. Where do I go from here treatment wise?

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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Treating Muscle Strain (Checklist)

Apply ice
3x day
Take motrin 3x/day
3x day
Rest the muscles that hurt
daily
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Are there lymph nodes in tricep area or am I feeling a muscle?

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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