Type of Article:  Case Report

Volume 6; Issue 5 (October 2018)

Page No.: 2886-2890

DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.16965/ijpr.2018.170


Thiruvarangan Suwaminathan *1,  Niroshan Jayarathne 2, Sukunan Gunasingam 3.

*1 Clinical Physiotherapist, Department of Physical Medicine, Base Hospital, Kaluwanchikudy, Srilanka.

2 Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Teaching Hospital Batticaloa, Sri Lanka.

3 Medical Superintendent, Base Hospital, Kaluwanchikudy, Batticaloa, Srilanka.

Address for Correspondence: Thiruvarangan Suwaminathan, Clinical Physiotherapist, Department of Physical Medicine, Base Hospital, Kaluwanchikudy, Sri Lanka. E-Mail: t.ranga13@gmail.com


Purpose: The triceps tendon avulsion is a uncommon injury type among other orthopedic injuries, therefore availability of literature is very rare in related to triceps rupture injury and subsequent medical management and discussing the pathophysiology to recover normal functional capability.

Case presentation: A 32-year-old young man who had a history of accidental falls while doing farming activities and consequently had an avulsion of the left triceps and after five days from having had a fall, he underwent repair of the left triceps by the orthopedic surgeon. After three weeks following surgery, he was referred to physiotherapy. He complained of pain during elbow bending and straightening and was also more concerned about his reduced left elbow joint movement than previously.

Discussion: The patient underwent six weeks’ rehabilitative physical therapy interventions by carefully examining the elbow joint motion limitations in relation to injury type and joint stiffness.

Conclusion: The purpose of this case report was to present the choosing of a course of physiotherapy interventions based on biomechanical analysis of elbow movements in order to return to regular activities of daily life effectively after undergoing triceps repair associated with pain and stiffness.

Key words: Triceps Avulsion, Elbow Stiffness, Rehabilitation.


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Cite this article: Thiruvarangan Suwaminathan, Niroshan Jayarathne, Sukunan Gunasingam. CONSERVATIVE APPROACH FOR RECOVERING FROM PAIN AND STIFF ELBOW FOLLOWING TRICEPS TENDON AVULSION AND REPAIR. Int J Physiother Res 2018;6(5):2886-2890. DOI: 10.16965/ijpr.2018.170