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Biceps Tendon Rupture

When the biceps muscle suffers a rupture, it is torn from the bone. This shoulder injury may occur where the tendon attaches to the elbow. However, it is more common at the point where the tendon attaches to the shoulder. Women are more likely to suffer from a biceps tendon rupture, with most instances of injury occurring between the ages of 40 and 60.

Wear and tear is a major factor in the majority of biceps tendon ruptures. However, younger patients may suffer from biceps tendon ruptures due to an accident or sports injury. If your job involves strenuous activities, like lifting or moving heavy objects, the risk of suffering a biceps tendon rupture is increased.

Physical therapy and rehabilitation will help you recover strength, function and flexibility. At Silicon Valley Orthopaedics, we can adapt your treatment plan to account for lifestyle activities. Recommended treatment options for a biceps tendon rupture will depend on the severity of the injury.

Bicep Tendon Rupture Symptoms

If you have suffered a biceps tendon rupture, you will likely experience pain in the upper arm. In many cases, an audible “pop” is heard at the point of injury. The arm will typically swell and may bruise where the injury occurred. The affected arm may feel weak when flexing or rotating the joint. You may also experience muscle spasms and tenderness in the elbow or shoulder joint. In severe cases, a noticeable deformity is seen in the lower part of the upper arm.

If you experience any kind of elbow or shoulder injury, it is important to seek a clinical examination at Silicon Valley Orthopaedics. Injuries that receive early treatment generally have better outcomes in regard to recovery and healing.

Contact Silicon Valley Orthopaedics today to arrange a consultation with Dr. Nic Gay or Dr. Masi Reynolds at their California practice.