At the elbow, the bicep tendon most often tears during the act of lifting a heavy object (for example, a couch or a refrigerator). A biceps tendon tear can happen at either the shoulder or the elbow. A tear can also be complete or partial. A complete tear means the tendon has torn away from the bone.
How do you tell if you have a torn bicep?
Symptoms of a torn bicep tendon include:
- a “pop” or tearing sensation when the injury happens.
- warmth around the injury.
- pain or ache at the injury site, and throughout your arm (usually severe at first, and may get better over a few weeks)
- arm weakness.
- difficulty turning your palm.
Can a torn bicep muscle heal on its own?
Once a bicep is torn, it unfortunately will not reattach itself to the bone and heal on its own. There are, however, a variety of treatment options available depending on the severity of your injury and whether it was a partial or complete tear.
How do you fix a torn bicep muscle?
Distal biceps tendon ruptures typically require surgical fixation to restore range of motion and strength to the elbow. This procedure is an open surgical procedure which can be performed on an outpatient basis. The goal is to reattach the tendon to the radius bone using either sutures or anchor with sutures.
What does a bicep strain feel like?
Symptoms of a Torn or Strained Bicep
Sharp pain in the upper arm and shoulder. Popping sound or sensation in the shoulder. Bruising from the middle arm of the upper arm down to the elbow. Cramping of the biceps muscle during strenuous arm activity.
How painful is a torn bicep?
The most obvious symptom will be a sudden, severe pain in the upper part of your arm or at the elbow, depending on where the tendon is injured. You may hear or feel a “pop” when a tendon tears. Other signs that you may have torn a biceps tendon can include: Sharp pain at the shoulder or elbow.
What happens if you don’t fix a torn bicep?
Other arm muscles can substitute for the injured tendon, usually resulting in full motion and reasonable function. Left without surgical repair, however, the injured arm will have a 30% to 40% decrease in strength, mainly in twisting the forearm (supination). Rupture of the biceps tendon at the elbow is uncommon.
Is a torn bicep an emergency?
Distal biceps tendon ruptures almost always need urgent surgical repair as the patient may lose significant functioning of the affected arm . This patient was correctly diagnosed with a long head biceps tendon rupture.
How long does it take for a bicep tear to heal?
It takes about 3 to 4 months for your biceps muscle to heal. You may be able to do easier daily activities in 2 to 3 weeks, as long as you don’t use your injured arm.
What does a torn muscle in your arm feel like?
Symptoms of Torn Muscles
Expect pain and soreness, as well as spasms and swelling in the affected area. Depending on the severity of the strain, you may find it difficult to move the area, if at all. You may note swelling as well as bruising and discoloration accompanied by a “knotted up” feeling or stiffness.
Can you live with a torn bicep tendon?
Overview. A bicep tendon tear at the shoulder occurs due to either abrupt injury or overuse over time. The tendon itself can either tear partially or entirely. Most people will be able to continue living their lives without ever having to get surgery.
Does a partial bicep tear require surgery?
If an elbow biceps tendon tear is partial and causes ongoing symptoms, it may be treated surgically by removing the affected tissue and reattaching the tendon to the bone using stitches or special screws. A similar technique can be used when a shoulder biceps tendon needs to be reattached.
What is Popeye bicep?
If you sustain damage to the tendon that connects your biceps to your bones, it can rupture painfully. When it does, your biceps will tense into a painful ball that resembles the arms of the 1930’s cartoon character Popeye, which is why this injury is sometimes called a “ Popeye’s muscle” or “Popeye Deformity”.
When should I see a doctor for bicep pain?
The symptoms of biceps tendinitis may be similar to other, more severe conditions. See a doctor if you have: Pain that doesn’t go away with rest or after using over the counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs), such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen. Pain that gets worse over time.