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Old 03-13-2011, 04:41 PM   #1
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Angry Tricep Tendonitis

Hello guys. First off I appreciate you taking your time to read this.

I am 19 years old and have had tricep tendonitis for 7 months. I was bodybuilding for 2 years and then got it from overtraining triceps. They were lagging behind and I overtrained them, probably one of the worst mistakes I have ever made. Went to orthopedic weeks after I noticed pain and swelling around elbow. Tried topical precription NSAIDS, R.I.C.E, NSAIDS and physical therapy. 7 months ago I couldnt do 1 pushup, pain was horrible, right where tricep tendon connects to elbow. And that is were its swollen. NOW I can do pushups, but pain still occurs when doing tricep pushdowns, especially last half of range of motion. Orthopedic says the swelling is just tissue and it should be ignored...he doesnt know how it happened etc. Referred me to a 3rd orthopedic. He doesnt want to perform anthroscopic surgery or give me a cortisone shot. I am now going to go see another orthopedic 2 hours away that specializes in the upper extremity. But that is in a few weeks. So I am now doing some self rehab. Swelling is not going away. It almost went away a few months ago but then came back when I was working out biceps. I was told I can do what is painfree-PT and Ortho. But keep in mind I truely havent really worked out for 7 months. I was doing painfree exercises for a month but after finding out curling affects it, I stopped everything.

Ive been impatient starting 6 months ago...Im also thinking about seeing a phycologist due to what has happened.
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Old 03-14-2011, 02:19 PM   #2
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Re: Tricep Tendonitis

Im now looking into steroid options, unless the next orthopedic has a solution and Ill find out in a couple weeks.

Should I push for a cortisone shot or anthroscopic surgery?

 
Old 03-15-2011, 06:43 PM   #3
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Re: Tricep Tendonitis

Steroids may only help if you stop training all together. If you take steroids and continue to train, your tendon will progressively get worse, because your ability to endure the pain will grow. The only real solution, especially at your age, is time off. Rest and your tendon will heal.

 
Old 03-23-2011, 11:28 AM   #4
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Re: Tricep Tendonitis

well I can now put more strain on it without having pain but swelling is still there. I dont think the swelling is ever going to go away on its own...It looks that bad. As you can see in the picture you can SEE the tendonitis...You can actually poke it and feel it. Its gross. Im still not near 100%back in the gym lifting weights but I can do a lil heavier weight than before for triceps.

 
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Re: Tricep Tendonitis

I think you need to stop training that area completely until the tendonitis is gone. You need to be patient. If you keep training that area you may end up damaging it permanently.

 
Old 03-25-2011, 11:52 AM   #6
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Re: Tricep Tendonitis

Now I am scared that its permanent

 
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Re: Tricep Tendonitis

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Hello guys. First off I appreciate you taking your time to read this.

I am 19 years old and have had tricep tendonitis for 7 months. I was bodybuilding for 2 years and then got it from overtraining triceps. They were lagging behind and I overtrained them, probably one of the worst mistakes I have ever made. Went to orthopedic weeks after I noticed pain and swelling around elbow. Tried topical precription NSAIDS, R.I.C.E, NSAIDS and physical therapy. 7 months ago I couldnt do 1 pushup, pain was horrible, right where tricep tendon connects to elbow. And that is were its swollen. NOW I can do pushups, but pain still occurs when doing tricep pushdowns, especially last half of range of motion. Orthopedic says the swelling is just tissue and it should be ignored...he doesnt know how it happened etc. Referred me to a 3rd orthopedic. He doesnt want to perform anthroscopic surgery or give me a cortisone shot. I am now going to go see another orthopedic 2 hours away that specializes in the upper extremity. But that is in a few weeks. So I am now doing some self rehab. Swelling is not going away. It almost went away a few months ago but then came back when I was working out biceps. I was told I can do what is painfree-PT and Ortho. But keep in mind I truely havent really worked out for 7 months. I was doing painfree exercises for a month but after finding out curling affects it, I stopped everything.

Ive been impatient starting 6 months ago...Im also thinking about seeing a phycologist due to what has happened.


In the area you describe the three commononest conditions are:

1 Fracture of the olecranon, that is where the triceps tendon inserts.

2 Triceps tendonitis

3 Olecranon bursitis.

The triceps can pull off small bits of bone from its insertion but that would have healed by now. Overtraining can also give stress fractures in that area but again should have healed

The triceps tendon should be good as you can now do push ups. Also we know now you did not rupture it. Neither the fractures or the tendonitis usually cause much swelling except initially so we are left with the olecranon bursitis.

This is the condition which causes swelling. It usually can be seen as swollen and at times can be as big as an egg. Also even weeks into the condition the skin can have a pinkish tinge. Can you remember if the area was warm to the touch? For some reason a bursae in this area can become the centre for a low grade infection. Do you have any discomfort in your arm pit?
If this is a bursitis and it keeps being irritated fibrin is deposited in the sac and little seed like bits are left and the aggravation keeps on. If it doesn't settle on its own the bursa can be removed and that will cure all.
Your primary care doc could give you some freezing into the bursae and see what happens, that should prove diagnostic.
James

 
Old 04-04-2011, 12:08 PM   #8
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Hey guys so I went to a Sports Specialist Orthopedic at University of Florida. I am getting anthroscopic surgery next week. He saw the catscan and says my joint touches when I straighten my arm with heavy resistance. So he is going to shave a lil bit since its so sharp. So I guess I got a bonespur? He is also going to take care of the swelling. And give me 2 cortisone shots for my tennis elbows. I forgot the name of the joint he is going to shave. Olecranon Fossa? I forgot.

He said I should start moving it right away. So I am not going to be in an elbow support or whatever. I should be lifting weight normally within weeks!

Will I be in pain after surgery? He says I dont need physical therapy since its a mechanical injury.

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Re: Tricep Tendonitis

Thats great news that you are going to get this fixed. I am sure you will be in pain right after the procedure but after that you should be fine.
My daughter has a bone spur on her hip and will have to have it shaved this summer. It is in a really bad spot and the procedure will be more invasive. She was having pain whenever she played soccer or ran.

 
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