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Dr. Oscar Novick
Board Certified, Pediatrics
53 years in practice
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I'm having constant pain in my bicep tendon. I've agrivated it before but it would go away after resting it for week or so. This is going on amonth.

Dr. Oscar Novick
Board Certified, Pediatrics
53 years in practice
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I'm having constant pain in my bicep tendon.  I've agrivated it before but it would go away after resting it for week or so.  This is going on amonth.

Torn tendon?: You may have a torn biceps tendon. See an orthopedic surgeon for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Dr. Umesh Patel
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Dr. Arnold Zuckman
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Tendon Rupture (Definition)

Tendon rupture is when a tendon breaks. Tendon is the tissue that connects muscle to bone. If this breaks, then the muscle can no longer function since it is no longer ...Read more


Dr. Rafael Lugo
Board Certified, General Surgery
23 years in practice
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What is the normal recovery time from distal bicep tendon rupture surgery?

Dr. Rafael Lugo
Board Certified, General Surgery
23 years in practice
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What is the normal recovery time from distal bicep tendon rupture surgery?

Usually: I can tell you from personal experience that 4-12 weeks. 12 weeks for full all out recovery. ...Read more

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Dr. Umesh Patel
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Dr. Luis Mojicar
Board Certified, Family Medicine
32 years in practice
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Just had distal bicep tendon rupture surgery, any type of supplements that will help or speed up my recovery?

Dr. Luis Mojicar
Board Certified, Family Medicine
32 years in practice
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Just had distal bicep tendon rupture surgery, any type of supplements that will help or speed up my recovery?

Make sure: you are eating healthy and staying hydrated. Give it time. Don't rush it. ...Read more

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Dr. David Trettin
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
28 years in practice
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Could I have torn my rotator cuff at the same time as a distal bicep tendon rupture? I had surgery for the rupture, now need MRI for the shoulder

Dr. David Trettin
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
28 years in practice
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Could I have torn my rotator cuff at the same time as a distal bicep tendon rupture? I had surgery for the rupture, now need MRI for the shoulder

Unlikely: A ruptured biceps tendon@ the elbow is usually known... Eccentric contraction of the muscle w/ a feeling of a ' pop' or tear is commonplace. Rotator cuff tears occurring @ the same time is conceivable but very unlikely. More likely you had a rct already and was 'picked up' by your ors @ exam/mri. The "long head" of the biceps in the shoulder can tear in chronic rot.Cuff tears . Gl! ...Read more

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Dr. Umesh Patel
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Dr. Steven Brown
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
34 years in practice
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What are signs of a proximal bicep tendon rupture?

Dr. Steven Brown
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
34 years in practice
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What are signs of a  proximal bicep tendon rupture?

Weakness: Acutely pain and swelling with some bruising. Patient will have significant weakness of supination of the forearm and some loss of elbow flexion strength. You may see the biceps retract proximally and bunch up in the upper arm , especially with attempted use. This is a surgical problem see a hand surgeon as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Sacher
Board Certified, Pain Management
28 years in practice
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What is a proximal bicep tendon rupture like?

Dr. Mark Sacher
Board Certified, Pain Management
28 years in practice
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Painful: You get a very painful upper arm and shoulder with the rupture. You get pain on flexing the bicep as well as picking up mobjects. You also get weakness of the upper arm and sometimes the shoulder. ...Read more

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Dr. Edgar Mendizabal
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
50 years in practice
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I'm 24 years old my left distal bicep tendon rupture popeye about a year ago i lost strength in my left arm with surgery will i regain my strength?

Dr. Edgar Mendizabal
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
50 years in practice
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You waited too long: Muscles atrophy when not used, one year is a long time. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Mass
Board Certified, Orthopedic surgery, hand surgery
41 years in practice
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What can be done about a 6 month old biceps tendon rupture that I never sought out treatment for?

Dr. Daniel Mass
Board Certified, Orthopedic surgery, hand surgery
41 years in practice
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What can be done about a 6 month old biceps tendon rupture that I never sought out treatment for?

See an upper ex spec: A six month old proximal bicep reptile can be ignored or fixed by an upper extremity specialist. The distal biceps rupture is a more difficult problem and you need to find someone who has performed tendon grafts. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott m Smith
Board Certified, Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
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How long does a distal biceps tendon rupture take to heal?

Dr. Scott m Smith
Board Certified, Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
36 years in practice
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How long does a distal biceps tendon rupture take to heal?

5 months: Distal biceps ruptures need to be repaired surgically. If done well, gentle range of motion exercises are begun early, using the arm gently for 3 months. At the 3 months junction normal use without lifting or stress, if everything goes well, normal use and stressat five months. ...Read more

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Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
22 years in practice
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What is done about a 6 month old biceps tendon rupture?

Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
22 years in practice
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What is done about a 6 month old biceps tendon rupture?

Depends: If biceps torn proximal in shoulder, would leave alone. Shouldn't anticipate significant functional loss, but may have popeye deformity. If distal, repair not likely. Reconstruction with some sort of interposition graft required. Many patients report improved pain with function, but does not correct deformity, and strength improvements less predictable. Tough problem to have. Good luck! ...Read more

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