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Doctor insights on: Strengthening Exercises For A Torn 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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Torn biceps tendon 7 weeks ago playing softball. Had ultrasound, awaiting MRI sept 15. Should I exercise to strengthen or wait for MRI & specialist.

Torn biceps tendon 7 weeks ago playing softball. Had ultrasound, awaiting MRI sept 15. Should I exercise to strengthen or wait for MRI & specialist.

See ortho now: If the tendon is completely torn there is a limited time in which in can be reattached. I am not an orthopedist but I recommend you consult one sooner rather than later because this may be a time sensitive issue. In the meantime range of motion exercise is all I would recommend because you don't want to convert a partial tear to a complete tear. ...Read more

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I have torn my bicep tendon. I can't see specialist until july. What do I do in the meantime?

Torn biceps: You can rest your arm in a sling for a week, apply some ice for swelling, and take some over the counter Ibuprofen or aleve (naproxen) if you have no allergies. You will need to go very easy on that arm for 6 weeks. ...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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I had Sauve Kapondji on 5/6. I noticed pain on the inside of my elbow after sx. My OT thinks I have torn bicep tendon. Did that happen during sx?

I had Sauve Kapondji on 5/6. I noticed pain on the inside of my elbow after sx. My OT thinks I have torn bicep tendon. Did that happen during sx?

Elbow pain: Highly unlikely torn biceps occurred during this type of procedure. Consider overuse, strain. Consider MRI to check MRI patency, also check exam with orthopedic specialist. ...Read more

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Should I get surgery for a torn subscapularis tendon and dislocated long bicep tendon?

Should I get surgery for a torn subscapularis tendon and dislocated long bicep tendon?

See a Doc: If the biceps is dislocated it will usually move under the subscapularis muscle and this can cause further damage. They run right next to each other. I would recommend that you have a consultation with an orthopedic surgeon to determine what needs to be done. ...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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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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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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What does peritendinous thickening around the biceps tendon with anterior displacement of the biceps tendon mean?

What does peritendinous thickening around the biceps tendon with anterior displacement of the biceps tendon mean?

Inflammation: When a tendon gets inflamed, you will often get an inflammatory tissue that forms around the tendon. Sometimes there is enough that it can push the tendon forward. So you have an inflammation of the tendon (tendonitis). If not treated correctly, this can lead to rupture of the tendon. ...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).

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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?

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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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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What are signs of a proximal bicep tendon rupture?

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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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 a proximal bicep tendon rupture like?

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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What are rehab. Exercices for a biceps tendon rupture?

What are rehab. Exercices for a biceps tendon rupture?

Protection: There are two tendons if one ruptures then you will have a weakness in that arm from now on. Surgical replacement of the ruptured tendon is sometimes possible and you should see an orthopedic surgeon for this. Gradually and slowly strengthing the remaining tendon with low weight exercises may help prevent its rupture in the future. Always avoid lifting very heavy objects to prevent rupture. ...Read more

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What is done about a 6 month old biceps tendon rupture?

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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What are a couple of rehab. Exercices for biceps tendon rupture?

Be careful: I am assuming you had surgery, if this is the case be very careful because depending where you are in the healing process the exercises will be different. Speak to your surgeon. ...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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When I do a bicep curl my bicep tendon clicks loudly and it kind of hurts? It clicks and hurts behind the elbow

When I do a bicep curl my bicep tendon clicks loudly and it kind of hurts? It clicks and hurts behind the elbow

Yes: Give it time. Most scars get better and will soften up over the next year or so. Keep up with your physical therapy and doctors orders. Consider PRP or Stem Cell Therapies as well. ...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've done something to my shoulder. I'm an elite athlete and have pain over my biceps tendon area and labrum. Pain when lifting above my head.

I've done something to my shoulder. I'm an elite athlete and have pain over my biceps tendon area and labrum. Pain when lifting above my head.

See ORS: Pain in this area could be due to a slap lesion. (labral tear involving the biceps anchor). Unstable 'slap' tears require arthroscopic fixation. Most are seen in overhead athletes.'popping and catching' are common w/ slap tears. Other possibilities include rot. Cuff tendinitis, shoulder instability, and ac jt problems. See an ors who has specialty training in shoulder arthroscopy. Good luck! ...Read more