How do you prevent a torn bicep?

What are the chances of tearing a bicep?

Bicep tendon tears at the elbow are not common. They happen to approximately 3 to 5 people per 100,000 per year. They’re also less common in women.

What can cause a bicep tear?

Causes of a bicep tear or strain

  • Constant overuse — sports that require repetitive movement on the bicep in the shoulder or elbow can cause a bicep tear or strain.
  • Acute injury — moving or twisting your elbow in an unfamiliar way can cause a bicep tear or strain, for example, falling on an outstretched arm.

How long can you wait to repair a torn bicep?

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.

How do you treat a torn bicep?

Treatment

  1. Ice. Apply cold packs for 20 minutes at a time, several times a day to keep down swelling. …
  2. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Drugs like ibuprofen, aspirin, or naproxen reduce pain and swelling.
  3. Rest. Avoid heavy lifting and overhead activities to relieve pain and limit swelling. …
  4. Physical therapy.

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.

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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.