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Habib Tagizadeh, MD
(219) 933-4888
4020 S Calumet Ave
Hammond, IN
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Teheran Univ, Fac Of Med, Teheran, Iran
Graduation Year: 1960

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Vietta Louise Johnson
(219) 933-2654
5454 S Hohman Ave
Hammond, IN
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Habib Tagizadieh
(219) 934-5300
7150 Indianapolis Blvd
Hammond, IN
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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James Philip Elmes, MD
(708) 429-3700
1600 Torrence Ave
Calumet City, IL
Specialties
Orthopedics, Legal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1958
Hospital
Hospital: St Francis Hosp & Health Ctr, Blue Island, Il; Ingalls Mem Hosp, Harvey, Il

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James P Elmes, MD
(708) 429-3700
1600 Torrence Ave
Calumet City, IL
Specialties
Orthopedics
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Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Kishan Chand
(219) 933-3150
4020 Calumet Ave
Hammond, IN
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Kishan Chand, MD
(219) 933-4888
4020 S Calumet Ave
Hammond, IN
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Kgs Med Coll, Univ Of Lucknow, Lucknow, Up, India
Graduation Year: 1959

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Ralph William Richter, MD
(219) 392-1215
4320 Fir St Ste 303
East Chicago, IN
Specialties
Orthopedics, Hand Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Cincinnati Coll Of Med, Cincinnati Oh 45267
Graduation Year: 1986

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Joseph Phillip Spott, DO
(773) 250-0500
4320 Fir St Ste 417
East Chicago, IN
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Des Moines Univ, Coll Osteo Med & Surg, Des Moines Ia 50312
Graduation Year: 1993
Hospital
Hospital: St Catherine Hosp, East Chicago, In
Group Practice: Chicago Institute Of Neurosurgery & Neuroresearch

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Ralph William Richter Jr, MD
(219) 392-1215
East Chicago, IN
Specialties
Orthopedics, Hand Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Cincinnati Coll Of Med, Cincinnati Oh 45267
Graduation Year: 1986
Hospital
Hospital: St Catherine Hosp, East Chicago, In; Community Hosp, Munster, In

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A Rare But Important Tendon Injury

When Popeye, the cartoon sailor man wanted to show off his muscles, he lifted his arm and flexed his biceps muscle. Every child who ever wanted to show off his or her strength has imitated this posture ever since. But when Arnold Schwarzenegger, a well-known actor in Terminator movies posed, it was always with the hands pressed together in front of his body. This body builder pose shows off the chest and triceps muscles. The triceps is located along the back of the upper arm. It's the triceps muscle that catches our attention in this article.

The triceps muscle doesn't tear or rupture very often. In fact, of all the tendons in the body that do get injured, injuries affecting this one are reported the least often. When it does happen, it's usually in a professional-level football player or weight lifter. Of course, the nature of these sports with potentially violent contact or powerful lifts increases the risk of this type of injury. But the illegal use of steroids to build up the muscles can lead to rupture of the triceps tendon, too. Anyone who falls on an outstretched hand is at risk for a triceps injury. Getting cut with a knife or other sharp object such as a piece of glass can also disrupt the muscle and/or its tendon at its attachment.

The triceps tendon is a broad three-sectioned muscle that comes down along the back of the upper arm from the shoulder and inserts into the back of the elbow. The place where these three sections meet into one tendon and attaches to the bone is called the triceps footprint. When the muscle is completely torn, the tendon usually pulls away from its footprint. Sometimes the traumatic event is so powerful that the tendon pulls away still attached to the footprint, taking a piece of the underlying bone with it. Because the muscle functions to straighten the elbow, when it is ruptured, arm extension is compromised.

What does a torn triceps look and feel like? First, there's pain reported along the back of the elbow and visible swelling there. It is very tender to touch in this same area. Often, there's a large indentation in the skin called a defect just above the olecranon (point of the elbow). The defect can be seen and felt.

There may be weakness with elbow extension against resistance. The patient may not be able to extend (straighten) the elbow at all or only through part of the normal range-of-motion. But surprisingly, a completely ruptured triceps doesn't mean the patient won't always be unable to extend the elbow against resistance. There is another muscle that helps the triceps (the anconeus) and it may compensate for the loss of the main muscle.

The examining physician can do a clinical test to look for a triceps rupture. It's modified from a test for ruptures of the Achilles tendon at the back of the foot/heel. A squeezing pressure is applied by the examiner to the triceps muscle. The test is done with the patient lying face down on an examining table. The elbow is bent ...

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