Elbow Conditions

Biceps Tendon Rupture

Biceps Tendon Rupture: This condition occurs when the tendon is detached from the bone and ruptures into the muscle belly. Most commonly affecting men more than women, between 40-60 years old. This can occur at an earlier age as well but is commonly associated with a traumatic event such as a fall or MVA.

This is diagnosed with an exam, in the office, and an MRI. The biceps brachii muscle can rupture proximally or distally. The muscle has two attachment sites proximally, on the shoulder, but only one attachment at the elbow, or distally. We prefer to see patients within 2 weeks of this injury for the best surgical outcome. Depending on age, pain and function, not every patient would be a surgical candidate. Sometimes with physical therapy and medication, patients can recover from this condition in 6-8 weeks.

With surgical intervention, the recovery is usually between 3-4 months. If the injury is prolonged longer than 4 weeks, a graft can be used to reattach the tendon. This can prolong recovery to roughly 4-6 months. This is an open procedure and requires occupational therapy to regain strength and range of motion.




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