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Doctor insights on: Partial Tear Of Distal Bicep Tendon

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Tendon (Definition)

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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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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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.

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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I am having pain in the distal bicep tendon. I do not think its a tear, what can I do to help it? I did it playing softball.

I am having pain in the distal bicep tendon. I do not think its a tear, what can I do to help it? I did it playing softball.

Try these- apply : Cold packs the first two days then hot compress thereafter. Take tylenol (acetaminophen) or nsaids as needed for pain. Apply ace wrap where it hurts. If it gets worse, see your boyfriend, i mean your dr! ...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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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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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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How long does a distal biceps tendon rupture take to heal?

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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Is a full thickness bicep tendon tear painful and requires surgery?

Is a full thickness bicep tendon tear painful and requires surgery?

Depends on extent of: injury, which can be determined by an MRI. Please seek immediate orthopedic evaluation. If you cannot raise or flex the affected arm there may be nerve damage. Please seek immediate attention. ...Read more

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I have a subtle split tear in the long head bicep tendon, how can this be treated?

I have a subtle split tear in the long head bicep tendon, how can this be treated?

Conservatively: Homeopathic arnica, rhus tox and bryonia can help. Acupuncture and chinese medicine can help. Check with a physical therapist and see if that can help as well. Time is important as well as not doing things that can worsen it. ...Read more

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Is prolozone an appropriate therapy for a partially ruptured bicep tendon?

Is prolozone an appropriate therapy for a partially ruptured bicep tendon?

Possibly: Prolozone causes repair and tightening of the lax structures, partially torn connective tissue and ligaments. Prolozone halts the pain/inflammation cycle. This allows for better circulation, increased blood flow carrying nutrition, and hydration of the damaged tissues. This allows for a healing environment within the joint to develop and results in increased range of motion and decreased pain. ...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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Is there a difference between slap tear and bicep tendon tear of the shoulder?

Is there a difference between slap tear and bicep tendon tear of the shoulder?

Yes: 'slap' tears are labral( cartilage) tears that occur anterior ( in the front of) and posterior ( in the back of), the long head of the biceps tendon in the shoulder joint(hence: acronym slap).Some slap tears involve the biceps anchor itself( type 2) and can cause pain/ popping etc... The biceps tendon can tear in isolation or w/ the rotator cuff tendon(s)... Hope this helps...! ...Read more

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I have a torn distal biceps tendon had MRI and i was told it was about 1/4 torn do I need surery?

I have a torn distal biceps tendon had MRI and i was told it was about 1/4 torn do I need surery?

Maybe not: If the tendon is mostly intact and there is no gap you could try conservative care. Was this an acute injury? If so better prognosis for success without surgery. Would need 6-8 weeks of protection from sudden jerking force ( no heavy resistance). Needs to be watched and should steadily improve. If not, may need surgery. ...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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Is thumb pain normal after distal bicep tendon reattachment and if so for how long.

Not common: While it is not common, it can happen. Distal tendon repair creates local trauma where several nerves and blood vessels travel. Swelling from surgery can cause pressure on nerves so pain and even sometimes numbness can happen. It should not last long, and be sure to follow up closely with your surgeon and share any concerns and ask questions, especially if it continues or worsens. ...Read more

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I had small partially ruptured biceps tendon, MRI after a year: subakromio-subdeltoidni burzitis. Can I carry around 5-10kg backpack with this injury?

I had small partially ruptured biceps tendon, MRI after a year: subakromio-subdeltoidni burzitis. Can I carry around 5-10kg backpack with this injury?

Yes: Carrying a backpack on your shoulder should not cause a problem with the biceps tendon, although the act of bringing it up onto your shoulder might. I would not hesitate to discuss the specifics of your case with your orthopedist. ...Read more

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Is surgery indicated for a 30 percent bicep tendon tear? My husband is 35 and very active. Will this cause extreme pain in shoulder and shoulder blad

Is surgery indicated for a 30 percent bicep tendon tear? My husband is 35 and very active.  Will this cause extreme pain in shoulder and shoulder blad

Rest/PT consider srg: If only 30% of the tendon is torn ( usually determined by mri), a period of rest followed by physical therapy will reduce and increase function in aprox 75% cases. If that fails prp can be tried (platelet rich plasma) injection(s). Surgery is indicated if the symptoms persist despite conservative treatment. Often the biceps injury is just part of other problems in the shoulder joint requiring surg. ...Read more