There are varying degrees of injury that can occur to the biceps tendon at either the attachment to the shoulder or the attachment to the elbow.
Biceps tendon tear. These injuries occur when there are one or more small tears in the tendon, but the tendon is still attached to the shoulder and/or elbow.
Biceps tendon rupture. This injury is often more serious and occurs when the biceps tendon is completely torn from its attachment to the bones of the shoulder or elbow.
If you have a biceps tendon injury the common symptoms can include:
- Sudden, sharp pain in the upper arm
- Tenderness at the shoulder or elbow
- Weakness at the shoulder or elbow
- Biceps muscle deformity
- Difficulty rotating the arm
In instances where the biceps tendon is ruptured, an audible “pop” can be heard at the moment of injury.
The Board Certified Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Specialists at OrthoNeuro have helped thousands of patients with biceps tendon injuries return to an active and healthy lifestyle using a variety of treatment options.
How Is a Biceps Tendon Tear or Rupture Treated at Orthoneuro?
Treatment for biceps tendon injuries depends on the severity of the injury and wherein the arm the injury has occurred.
In the instance of a biceps tendon tear, the Board Certified Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Specialists may recommend conservative treatment options to allow the tendon to heal.
These treatment options can include:
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Physical Therapy
- Injection Therapy