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.
Pain! The rupture usually begins with an audible pop followed by severe pain. It can drop you to your knees. Then the "popeye" muscle appears about half way down your arm, since the tendon is no longer able to hold the muscle in place. The pain will gradually fade away but you will be sore for several days.

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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...

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...
Recovery time varies. Recover time will vary depending on many factors including age, general health of the patient, infection control, smoker or not, blood sugar control, the exact type of procedure, and post-operative and follow up care. Discuss it with your surgeon and get their opinion as to what they feel is a reasonable recovery time for you. Read more...

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...

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...