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what do you do for a bicep tear?

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Dr. Jeremy Proctor
Family Medicine 12 years experience
Depends: A minor tear in the muscle itself requires only rest to heal. Antiinflammatory medications like Ibuprofen can be used for discomfort. Conversely a major tear or a tear in the biceps tendon may require surgical correction. To determine the type and severity of your tear, a physician should see and evaluate you.
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Biceps tear: Need more information. Are you referring to distal biceps (in elbow), or long head of biceps in the shoulder. Distal biceps need repair to preserve strength in elbow flexion and forearm supination (i.e. Turning your palm up with power). Most times, rupture of the long head of the biceps can be treated without surgery, but you may have a permanent cosmetic deformity.

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