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Hi, I have a full thickness bicep tear at the shoulder. Is there usually swelling, discoloration & visually disformaties?

Hi, I have a full thickness bicep tear at the shoulder. Is there usually swelling, discoloration & visually disformaties?

Yes : There is frequently swelling and bruising if the long head of the biceps tendon tore at the shoulder recently. The biceps muscle tends to ball up closer to the elbow called a Popeye deformity. The swelling and bruising will go away but the Popeye deformity will remain unless it is surgically corrected which isn't necessary unless there are other injuries like a rotator cuff tear. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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I was doing lateral dumbbell raises in the gym and felt a pop in my bicep. no swelling or redness, slight pain when lifting objects. what should i do?

I was doing lateral dumbbell raises in the gym and felt a pop in my bicep. no swelling or redness, slight pain when lifting objects. what should i do?

Referral: I suggest seeing an Orthopedic surgeon for a check up to be on the safe side. If there is any damage to any of your tissues it could get worse without proper treatment. ...Read more

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I have torn my bicep muscle.Its swelling up.I heard it pop twice when i did it.Is this severe?

I have torn my bicep muscle.Its swelling up.I heard it pop twice when i did it.Is this severe?

Needs to be fixed: An orthopedic surgeon (seen at his office or through the er) can evaluate and decide how to fix it. He may need to operate to reconnect the broken tendon in order for the biceps to work again. ...Read more

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MRI read Full-thickness biceps tendonitis tear. Is this term means a major tear? No discoloration, swelling or harsh pain associated.

Yes: Full thickness tears are completely thorough the tendon. I would suspect additional injury. This should be repaired surgically. See an orthopedist ...Read more

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Hello, is it possible to have a fully torn bicep tendon (@ shoulder ) with no pain,discoloration,swelling,visually,no sensitivity to touch?

Hello, is it possible to have a fully torn bicep tendon  (@ shoulder ) with no pain,discoloration,swelling,visually,no sensitivity to touch?

It is possible: The classic presentation of a long head of biceps tear @ the shoulder is feeling a pop in the front of the shoulder, followed by some swelling and bruising. The biceps tends to bunch up down by the elbow (Popeye deformity). I have had patients who have a torn biceps but never experienced the classic presentation described above, so it is possible for you to have a fully torn biceps without this. ...Read more

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I think i have a srained right bicep. This pain began shortly after my workout. 8 days ago. There has been no swelling or bruising. What should i do?

I think i have a srained right bicep.
This pain began shortly after my workout. 8 days ago. There has been no swelling or bruising. What should i do?

Rest: Unlikely you have torn the muscle as this would cause discoloration. However a strained muscle can take a few weeks to recover. Activity as tolerated, OK and beneficial to keep moving, but stay clear of lifting weights till muscle not tender. ...Read more

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Played hockey & tore bicep week ago.Have swelling and discolouration to wrist. Stopped blood thinners the next day. Compartment syndrome or normal?

Played hockey & tore bicep week ago.Have swelling and discolouration to wrist.  Stopped blood thinners the next day. Compartment syndrome or normal?

?what: You definitely tore your biceps tendon insertion off your elbow?At the radial tuberosity...? Not in your shoulder..? If it's torn @ the elbow have it fixed. If there is inc. Pain in your forearm and swelling see your ors for compt. Pressure measurement immediately.Even w/ blood thinners on board compt.Syndrome w/isolated distal biceps tendon ruptures is rare. ...Read more