Triceps Brachii Tendon Rupture

This relatively rare condition is also known as tendon avulsion. The triceps brachii tendon inserts into the back of the elbow. This location may be injured by falling or by the application of excessive force. Weightlifters and football linemen are at risk for this condition. The condition may also develop in nonathletes with hyperparathyroidism or diabetes mellitus.

Dry needling acupuncture is a very effective modality for athletes who suffer from this injury. To reduce pain, swelling, and muscle spasm, two dry needling acupuncture sessions per week should be provided. To reduce swelling, two to three needles per square centimeter in affected tissue may be used every day. Nonathletes with metabolic disorders may need more time for recovery.

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