How to Fix a Torn Bicep Muscle?

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How to Fix a Torn Bicep Muscle?

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What are biceps tendon tears?

The biceps muscle is located in the front of your upper arm. elbow anatomyThe muscle has two tendons that attach it to the bones of the shoulder. In cases of serious or constant overuse, a tendon may fray and eventually tear. A tendon can also tear as part of an injury, such as moving or twisting your elbow or shoulder in an awkward way. A biceps tendon tear can happen at either the shoulder or the elbow.

How to Fix a Torn Bicep Muscle?

Nonsurgical Treatment

Nonsurgical treatment focuses on relieving pain and maintaining as much arm function as possible.

Treatment options may include:

  • Rest. Avoid heavy lifting and overhead activities. Your doctor may recommend using a sling for a brief time.
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Drugs like ibuprofen and naproxen reduce pain and swelling.
  • Physical therapy. After the pain decreases, your doctor may recommend rehabilitation exercises to strengthen surrounding muscles.
Surgical Treatment

If you continue to experience symptoms after non-surgical treatments, surgery may be a choice. Surgery to reattach a long head tendon is quite safe, with few complications. It can return nearly all of your arm strength and function, and a re-tearing of the repaired tendon is uncommon.

 

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