What is the triceps tendon?

The triceps tendon is the one at the back of the upper arm – as shown opposite. It inserts into the back of the elbow. If you fall onto your hands you can rupture this tendon. If you over-do the weights or try to push something too heavy you can also rupture the tendon or it could become inflamed through over use.

Symptoms include:

  • Elbow pain at rest and during exercise.
  • A painful swelling on the back of the elbow.
  • Limited mobility in the elbow.


  • Rest
  • Apply ice or cold therapyto the injury in the first two days.
  • See a sports injury professional for advice on treatment and rehabilitation.