The most common tendon tear is at the long head of biceps proximally (in the shoulder) while the second most common region is distally (where it attaches to the elbow). Muscle belly tears can also occur.
Where does the bicep tendon attach to the forearm?
This tendon, located at the “distal” end of the humerus, inserts into the radius bone, one of two bones in the forearm. Through this distal attachment on the radius, the biceps participates in both elbow flexion and supination.
Is distal bicep surgery worth it?
Surgeons seem to agree that the benefit of surgery is a little more supination strength, with flexion strength returning close to normal with or without surgery. An untreated rupture causes less deformity than with proximal biceps rupture. Surgery adds a scar and does not entirely prevent deformity.
Can you move your arm with a torn bicep?
This stress can tear the tendon from the bone, and usually causes a complete tear. When you tear your bicep tendon at the elbow, your other arm muscles will compensate, so you’ll still have full range of motion. However, your arm will most likely lose strength if the tendon is not repaired.
How do I know if I have a torn bicep distal tendon?
Signs and symptoms of an Rupture of the Distal Biceps Tendon at the Elbow may include:
- Pain, swelling and/or bruising in the front of the elbow.
- Weakness in the affected arm when bending or twisting the elbow.
- Inability to feel the tendon and/or seeing the biceps muscle belly pull up towards the shoulder.
Can you move your arm without a bicep?
Once torn, the biceps tendon at the elbow will not grow back to the bone and heal. Other arm muscles make it possible to bend the elbow fairly well without the biceps. However, they cannot fulfill all the functions, especially the motion of rotating the forearm from palm down to palm up.
How long is recovery from bicep tendon surgery?
You will need rehab. This will probably start 1 to 2 weeks after your surgery and last for 2 to 3 months. It takes about 4 to 6 months before your shoulder heals. You may be able to do easier daily activities in 2 to 3 weeks, as long as you don’t use your affected arm.