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Can a partial tear of the distal bicep tendon cause pain in my forearm, wrist and make my fingers cramp. My injury happened 3 weeks ago.?

Can a partial tear of the distal bicep tendon cause pain in my forearm, wrist and make my fingers cramp. My injury happened 3 weeks ago.?

Depends: Near the distal biceps is the median nerve. Injury to that area can potentially injure that nerve or swelling puts pressure on that nerve. A test called emg/ncv can identify how well that nerve is functioning and help determine the cause. Stop at your local physical medicine and rehab or neurologist doctors office for more details. ...Read more

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Tendons are made up of collagen and are the functional tissue that interfaces between muscles and bone. Muscles generate force that is transmitted through its tendon that inserts on a specific bone that is moved in the plane of the connecting joint made ...Read more

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I have a full thickness tear in shoulder and a partial tear in bicep tendon. Is surgery my best option? Have had this for 5 months.

Yes: I presume its a full thickness rotator cuff tear. Its a bit uncommon in your age group. However, if the diagnosis is based on a good physical exam, and it correlates to MRI findings, its probably the correct diagnosis. Treatment depends on tear configuration, but the natural history of rc tears is to become larger. Some balanced tears do well with pt. If pt hasn't helped, then rc repair is the best option. Its done arthroscopically, takes about 1.5hrs, and is out patient. Full healing takes 4-6months. For the biceps, its usually a significant pain generator, and should be addressed with tenodesis (reattach to humerus) or tenotomy (release). The choice depends on activity level and other factors. Tenotomy is the least invasive, and has excellent results. Surgery is best done by a sports medicine trained orthopedist. ...Read more

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Mri of shoulder mild partial intrasubstance tearing of supra, infras and subsc tendon insertions". Tendinopathy of the intra-articular bicep tendon ?

Mri of shoulder mild partial intrasubstance tearing of supra, infras and subsc tendon insertions".  Tendinopathy of the intra-articular bicep tendon ?

Diagnosis?: Don't make the mistake of determining your treatment based on an MRI reading. If you don't already have a diagnosis that makes sense to you on an anatomic basis prior to the mri, consider a second opinion. For instance, the number of changes you describe may be because of chronic untreated instability. Learn more: http://theshouldercenter.Com/shoulder-pain.Htm. ...Read more

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Tendectomy of bicep tendon on 2nd symptoms to scope previously repaired slap tear. Os found another tear & failed anchor. Did not repair tear. Future probs?

Tendectomy of bicep tendon on 2nd symptoms to scope previously repaired slap tear. Os found another tear & failed anchor. Did not repair tear. Future probs?

How do you feel?: It sounds like you had two surgeries - one slap repair and another one to remove a failed anchor and cut the biceps tendon (tenotomy). The one thing that some people who have a biceps tenotomy complain of is cramping in the biceps with forceful repetitive activity. Otherwise, people tend to feel better not worse after a painful biceps tendon becomes detached (surgery or on its own). M. ...Read more

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Who should I see about bicep tendon tear?

Who should I see about bicep tendon tear?

Sports or orthopedic: Most orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine orthopedists see plenty of bicep tendon tears. Ee are your best bet fir finding yiur answers. Unfortunately, as we get older and continue to beat up our bodies with sports and activities, the body can't keep up! ...Read more

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What is the normal recovery time from distal bicep tendon rupture surgery?

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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Frozen shoulder again. What is the likelihood that a bicep tendon tear can cause the shoulder to start to freeze?

Frozen shoulder again. What is the likelihood that a bicep tendon tear can cause the shoulder to start to freeze?

Anything: That causes pain discomfort or altered movement the the shoulder can lead to s frozen shoulder. Early motion of the shoulder in a manner that eliminates gravity and pain such as pendulum exercises and gentle motion while lying down will help to keep the shoulder mobile . Talk to your treating doctor and therapist about what is appropriate for your injury. ...Read more

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My dominate arm bicep has become soft when flexing with a little pain in elbow area but do not seem to have symptoms of a bicep tendon tear?

Possible rupture: You may have a partial tear of your biceps tendon. It is best to have your primary care doctor take a look. ...Read more

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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

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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Who should I see about a biceps tendon tear?

Orthopedist: They can evaluate you and decide the best treatment. ...Read more

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