In literature when talking of a triceps tendinopathy, the condition includes tendinosis as well as partial tears; with tears being the terminal event of tendinopathy in most cases (Donaldson et al., 2014). In general it is the rarest of all tendinopathies around the elbow area.
The Triceps muscle is located behind the upper arm and the Triceps tendon inserts at the back of the elbow.
Triceps tendinopathy refers to degradation of the tendon causing pain at the insertion. Repetitive use can lead to microscopic tears within the substance of the tendon and causes collagen disruption. Injury is common in athletes who lift excessive weights or perform explosive field events like shot put.
With decent periods of resting and activity modification, triceps tendinopathy is self-limiting, and resolves with conservative treatment. Like any tendon in the human body, it needs adequate loading, strengthening and soft tissue techniques are required. Analysing training techniques and correct muscle imbalance.
In severe cases injections can be involved in treatment management as well (Donaldson et al., 2014).
Donaldson O. et al., 2014, Tendinopathies Around the Elbow Part 2: Medial Elbow, Distal Biceps and Triceps Tendinopathies, Shoulder & Elbow, 6(1), pp: 47-56