Biceps Tendon Injury Repair
The bicep muscle is located at the front of your upper arm and it allows you to bend the elbow and rotate your arm. The bicep’s tendon is used to attach the biceps muscle onto the elbow and shoulder. A bicep tendon injury is a tear on your biceps that may be partial or complete. A partial bicep tendon tear does not break your tendon completely. A short tear in the bicep can allow you to continue using the bicep muscle.
A tear in the distal biceps tendon is mostly complete and the muscle can be separated from its bone. Distal and tear biceps tendon may result due to a sudden injury or because of lifting heavy objects. When you overuse your tendon, it can fray and tear afterwards. Other problems can be tendonitis, rotator cuff injury or shoulder impingement. Additional risk factors may be repetitive overhead sports, using of corticosteroids or overhead activities.
The common symptoms of a tendon tear are suffering a severe and sudden pain at the upper arm or on the elbow; this depends on the place where the tendon has been torn. Other symptoms can be visible bruising, swelling and weakness in your shoulder and elbow. Sometimes you may suffer from a bulge known as a Popeye Muscle.
After diagnosing a bicep tendon injury, the doctor will decide on which biceps tendon injury repair to do. The treatment can be ice application, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication and limiting of activities. In order to restore mobility with strength in the surrounding muscles, the doctor can prescribe some strengthening and flexibility exercises.
The surgery used to attach the tendon back to the bone is needed in rare occasions. Patients who suffered a partial tear and who continue to experience symptoms or who want to get back their arm strength will find that a surgery is the only option. After a surgery repair, you will require to be flexible and use strengthening exercises so as to improve a range of motions in the shoulder. The doctor may opt for two surgical procedures to deal with a bicep tendon tear.