Biceps Tendon Injury

A biceps tendon injury can occur as a result of overuse or severe injury. While tears of this tendon are not as common as others, if the distal bicep tendon is torn at the elbow, it will not grow back to the bone and heal. This type of injury usually requires a bicep tendon repair surgery to regain full strength and function. However, this procedure should be performed within a few days of the injury.


Patients that suffer a tendon injury will often hear a small “pop” and notice a deep pain near the elbow. Additional symptoms may include:

  • Swelling and bruising near the elbow
  • Difficulty twisting and bending the arm
  • A noticeable bulge in the upper arm from the recoiled muscle

Bicep Tendon Repair Surgery

Distal biceps tendon injuries typically require surgical repair to restore full range of motion and strength to the elbow.  Depending on the extent of the damage, different surgical approaches may be used. Dr. Goldberg can help assess and determine the best treatment options for you, and if you might be a candidate for bicep tendon repair surgery.


Recovery after surgery often depends on the size and severity of the injury and the patient’s overall health. After the procedure, the elbow will be placed in a splint that enables the use of the hand. Most patients are able to perform daily activities such as dressing, eating, writing, and driving within a few days. Some discomfort, pain, and limited mobility should be expected a few weeks after surgery.

Dr. Goldberg’s practice recommends an accelerated rehab protocol that encourages patients to perform specific exercises the first day after surgery and start physical therapy within a week of their operation. Schedule your appointment today with one of the most experienced elbow surgeons in the Southwest Florida area!