Triceps Rupture

Triceps Rupture

The triceps muscle is responsible for several motions of the elbow. It helps extend both the elbow and shoulder joints. An injury involving the triceps tendon, where it attaches to the elbow, often follows a direct hit to the back of your elbow.

This can cause a tendon rupture, causing it to pull away from the bone. There may also be a loud pop associated with the hit, in addition to pain and bruising. This injury can be fixed by attaching the tendon back to the bone through a small incision.

Triceps RuptureSymptoms

  • Pain on the back of the elbow
  • Radiating symptoms into the back of the arm and shoulder
  • Bruising, swelling, and deformity of the muscle
  • Weakness with elbow extension
  • Spasms


A distal triceps rupture is diagnosed through MRI or Ultrasound imaging. This imaging identifies the extent of the rupture and determines if surgical intervention is necessary for healing.


A distal triceps rupture is commonly repaired surgically using minimally invasive techniques to reattach the tendon back to the bone. Once the tissue has healed, it will be important to regain prior mobility and strength at the elbow. Physical therapy can help you regain strength. It will also be essential to modify activities during the healing process as you begin to use the triceps more.