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.
Can a torn bicep tendon heal without surgery?
Most people can recover without surgery from a shoulder or bicep tendon tear. The pain from a biceps tendon tear can resolve itself over time and minor arm weakness may never bother the patient.
How long does it take for a torn bicep tendon 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. Most people who work at a desk job can return to work in 1 to 2 weeks.
How do you diagnose a torn bicep?
The most common symptom of a bicep tear or strain is a sudden burst of pain in the upper arm near the shoulder.
Symptoms of bicep tear or strain
- Weakness in the shoulder.
- Bruising on the upper arm.
- Inability to move or rotate your arm.
- Change in the look of the bicep in the upper arm (it may look popped out)
- Muscle spasms.
Should you wrap a torn bicep?
I advise patients to avoid compression because it can be difficult to wrap the shoulder and if you wrap the elbow incorrectly, it can result in hand swelling.
What happens if a torn tendon is not repaired?
If left untreated, eventually it can result in other foot and leg problems, such as inflammation and pain in the ligaments in the soles of your foot (plantar faciitis), tendinitis in other parts of your foot, shin splints, pain in your ankles, knees and hips and, in severe cases, arthritis in your foot.
Do all bicep tears require surgery?
When is surgery recommended? Most elbow bicep tendon tears require surgery, but if you are older, less active, and don’t need full use of your arm, you may not need surgery for a bicep tendon tear at your elbow. Some shoulder biceps tears do not require surgery.
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.
How should I sleep with a torn bicep?
Give these positions a try:
- Sit in a reclined position. You may find sleeping in a reclined position more comfortable than lying flat on your back. …
- Lie flat on your back with your injured arm propped up with a pillow. Using a pillow may help reduce stress and pressure on your injured side.
- Lie on your uninjured side.
What can you not do after bicep tendon surgery?
Do not raise your arm. If you had open surgery, do not shower until your doctor says it is okay. Most people who work at desk jobs can return to work in 1 to 2 weeks. If you lift, push, or pull at work, you may be able to return in 3 to 4 months.
Is bicep tendon surgery painful?
Your arm may be in a splint or an elbow brace for 4 to 6 weeks. You may also be in a sling for a week or so. You may feel tired and have some pain for several days. Your arm may be swollen, but the swelling should go down a little each day.