Can A Biceps Tear Heal on its Own Without Treatment?

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When you're leading an active life, injuries are bound to happen. One of the common injuries many people face is a bicep tear  . But the critical question is, can a bicep tear heal on its own without treatment? Dr. Matthew Kohler at Ospina Medical in New York City, NY, can address this issue effectively. 

What is a biceps tear? 

A biceps tear, often referred to as a torn bicep, occurs when there's a tear in the main tendon of your biceps muscle. This tear can be either partial or complete. While a complete tear is more severe and might require surgical intervention, a partial tear leaves some of the tendon still intact. The partial tear is where Regenexx® regenerative medicine shines. 

How can Regenexx regenerative medicine assist in the healing process? 

Ospina Medical has a promising solution for those who've experienced partial tears of the biceps tendon. By utilizing the advanced Regenexx procedures, the body is given a boost to stimulate healing and help restore strength to the damaged or torn tendons. So, how does this procedure work? The providers at Ospina Medical use platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and, if necessary, bone marrow concentrate that contains stem cells. This powerful combination stimulates the body's own natural healing response, which can lead to the resolution of the partial tear and significant improvement in function. 

What are the benefits of using platelet-rich plasma and bone marrow concentrate? 

Using platelet-rich plasma and bone marrow concentrate offers a natural and effective approach to stimulate healing. PRP, rich in growth factors, aids in the repair of tissues, reduces inflammation and accelerates the healing process. Combining both these treatments accelerates healing and improves the affected tendon's overall strength and function. 

What are the common causes of bicep tears? 

Bicep tears can occur due to a range of reasons. Here's a look at some of the common causes:    

  • Repetitive strain: Continuously using the arm for heavy lifting or performing the same motion can lead to wear and tear of the tendon.   
  • Sudden overload: Lifting something too heavy or exerting sudden force without a proper warm-up can cause the bicep tendon to snap.   
  • Aging: As we age, our tendons tend to weaken, increasing the risk of tears.   
  • Sports-related injuries: Athletes, especially those in sports requiring overhead motions like baseball, tennis, or weightlifting, are at a higher risk.   
  • Previous shoulder injuries: Any prior injury to the shoulder can make the bicep tendon more susceptible to tears. 

Understanding the causes is the first step in prevention. Regular exercises to strengthen the arm muscles, proper warm-ups before physical activity, and being mindful of the weight and technique while lifting can help prevent bicep tears. If you feel any pain or discomfort in your biceps, it's best to consult with a specialist. They can provide guidance tailored to your specific needs and ensure your biceps stay strong and healthy. 

Should you seek treatment for a partial biceps tear? 

If you suffer from a partial biceps tendon tear, exploring your treatment options is crucial. Dr. Matthew Kohler and his team specialize in Regenexx treatments at Ospina Medical in New York City, NY. They can help restore function to damaged or partially torn tendons, ensuring you return to your active lifestyle sooner. Remember, timely treatment can help prevent complications and further damage. If you or a loved one is grappling with a bicep tear, contact Dr. Kohler at Ospina Medical today.

Medically Reviewed by Matthew Kohler, MD

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