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Torn triceps muscle treatment

Updated July 19, 2017

The triceps muscle is the main muscle in the arm and is easily injured. Athletes and those who lift often are at an increased risk for torn triceps muscles. Luckily, the condition is relatively easy to treat with simple home-care procedures.

Features

The triceps are the primary muscle in the arm, and account for almost the entire mass of the arm. This muscle is responsible for forearm and hand movement. Triceps become "torn" when the muscle experiences too much tension and torque. Generally, tears in the triceps are mild and are treated by allowing the body to rest and heal on its own, however; in more severe cases, surgery is necessary.

Symptoms

A triceps muscle may be torn if there is a "popping" sound and pain in the arm and elbow area at the time of injury. In addition, lifting items will become difficult, and the muscle may feel weak and fatigued. The area surrounding the triceps also bruises within twenty-four areas. If you suspect an injury to the triceps muscle, it is essential to see a physician immediately and refrain from lifting heavy objects, as this may lead to permanent damage of the triceps muscle.

Treatment for Minor Triceps Injuries

Minor injuries to the triceps muscles are generally treated by resting the muscles. Ice and heat may also be applied to the muscle to reduce pain and inflammation. A physician or physical therapist may also recommend mobility and strengthening exercises to elongate the muscle and promote a faster recovery time. Generally, the triceps recover in one to four weeks if treated properly.

Treatment for More Severe Triceps Injuries

Minor injuries to the triceps muscles are generally treated by resting the muscles. Ice and heat may also be applied to the muscle to reduce pain and inflammation. A physician or physical therapist may also recommend mobility and strengthening exercises to elongate the muscle and promote a faster recovery time. Generally, the triceps recover in one to four weeks if treated properly.

Home Care for Torn Triceps:

In addition to resting and getting the necessary amount of sleep, between six to eight hours of sleep for adults and ten to twelve hours for adolescents, it is essential that patients eat a diet high in protein and iron. Turkey, chicken breast and fish are excellent sources of iron and protein. A daily multivitamin will also promote a faster healing time. Patients should also drink six to eight glasses of water a day.

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Elizabeth Baker holds a Masters of Fine Arts in nonfiction writing and has been working with Demand Media Studios since 2002, specializing in health, education, food and travel topics.