Biceps tear (Distal Biceps Repair)
What is it?
- The biceps muscle has two tendons which insert into the shoulder.
- These muscles allow you to bend the elbow and rotate the arm.
- A biceps tendon tear at the elbow is generally less common than a biceps tendon tear at the shoulder.
What are the symptoms?
- Popping sounds at injury
- This kind of injury often occurs on heavy lifting
- Pain, tenderness and weakness at the shoulder or elbow
- Trouble turning the palms face up or face down
- Bulging above the elbow
- Sharp and sudden pain near the elbow
What is the treatment?
- A severe biceps tendon tear needs prompt treatment as the distal biceps tendon cannot regrow back to the bone and heal itself.
- Permanent weakness can occur if the tendon is not repaired surgically and a deformed and high riding biceps muscle can cause you to lose more than half of your elbow strength.
- For these reasons, surgical repair is most effective within first two weeks of symptoms.
- There is about a 3 month recovery post surgery.