Triceps Tendinopathy

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Tendinopathy and pain at the triceps tendon.


Triceps tendinopathy is uncommon.

Risk factors

  • It is sometimes seen in weight lifters or labourers.
  • Repetitive elbow extension against resistance


Pain at the posterior elbow with resisted elbow extension, and tenderness at the triceps insertion.

Differential Diagnoses

Lateral Elbow Pain

Medial Elbow Pain

  • Medial Elbow Tendinopathy
  • Medial collateral ligament sprain (acute and chronic)
  • Ulnar neuritis
  • Avulsion fracture of the medial epicondyle (children and adolescents)
  • Apophysitis (children and adolescents)
  • Referred pain

Posterior Elbow Pain

Anterior Elbow Pain


  • Osteoarthritis
  • If locking consider chondromalacia, osteochondritis, loose bodies