Biceps or Triceps Strain Symptoms and Treatment

What is a biceps or triceps strain?

When a muscle or tendon is overstretched or torn it is known as a strain. The biceps and triceps are the major muscles of the arm and are used to flex and extend the arm. Both muscles have tendons that connect at the shoulder and the elbow in order to perform this function. A strain of the muscle or tendon is most likely to occur at the shoulder or the elbow.

What are the symptoms of a triceps strain or biceps strain?

Strains of the biceps or triceps cause inflammation which may lead to pain, swelling, and possible bruising at the site of injury. It may become difficult to bend or straighten your arm depending on the severity of the strain.

What is the best way to treat a triceps strain or biceps strain?

Most doctors will prescribe the R.I.C.E. protocol following a biceps or triceps strain; rest, ice, compression, and elevation. A compression sleeve improves blood flow to the muscle, speeding recovery and relieving pain.