A bicep tear, involving either the proximal or distal tendon, results in pain, weakness, and potential anatomical deformities. Proximal tears are more common and often caused by injury or overuse, while distal tears typically result from lifting heavy objects. Fellowship-trained and board-certified specialists diagnose and treat these injuries with customized plans.
Nonsurgical treatment options include rest, ice, pain and anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, immobilization, and bracing. In some cases, surgery may be recommended, involving a bicep tendon repair that reattaches the torn tendon to the bone using the latest techniques and instruments. Post-surgery, patients undergo physical therapy to regain strength and prevent future tears.
The bicep is a medium size muscle on the front of the arm. The bicep has two tendons. The proximal bicep tendon attaches to the shoulder. The distal bicep tendon attaches to the elbow. Both tendons can tear. Tears may be partial or complete.
Fellowship trained and board-certified specialists quickly diagnose bicep tendon tears so they can be treated as soon as possible. Customized treatment plans provide maximum symptom relief.
Nonsurgical treatment options may be used to treat some bicep tendon tears. Treatment options include:
Our specialists may recommend surgery in some cases. A bicep tendon repair attaches the torn tendon to the bone. Specialists use the latest bicep tendon repair surgical techniques and instruments.