Biceps Tendon Injury
A biceps tendon injury can occur as a result of overuse or severe injury. While biceps tendon tears are not as common as others, there is no way for the body to achieve distal biceps repair on its own when the torn tendon reaches the elbow. This type of tendon tear usually requires surgery to repair any distal biceps tendon rupture and to regain full strength in the shoulder joint and function of the biceps muscle. However, this procedure should be performed within a few days of the tendon ruptures.
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Patients who suffer a torn biceps tendon injury will often hear a small “pop” and notice a sudden sharp 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
- Shoulder pain
Bicep Tendon Repair Surgery
Distal biceps tendon injuries typically require surgical treatment to restore your 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 tendon repair surgery.
The biceps are essential in flexing the elbow and supinating the forearm. A rupture of the biceps tendon occurs proximally near the shoulder or distally near the elbow. These ruptures mainly occur when the elbow is flexed suddenly or forcefully. Some people might hear a “pop” sound when it happens as the tendon separates from the bone and there may…
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.
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