About Biceps Tears
A biceps tendon tear can happen at either the shoulder or the elbow. A tear can also be complete or partial. A complete tear means the tendon has completely torn away from the bone and in these cases will likely require surgery to repair. In cases where there is a partial tear or fraying of the tendon from overuse, there are non-surgical treatment modalities that can be helpful. A tendon can also tear as part of an injury, such as moving or twisting your elbow or shoulder in an awkward way, or falling down with your arm outstretched. At the elbow, the bicep tendon most often tears during the act of lifting a heavy object.
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Symptoms of Biceps Tears
The most obvious symptom will be a sudden, severe pain in the upper part of your arm or at the elbow, depending on where the tendon is injured. You may hear or feel a “pop” when a tendon tears. Other signs that you may have torn a biceps tendon include:
- Sharp pain at the shoulder or elbow
- A bruise that appears on the upper arm
- A feeling of weakness in the shoulder or elbow
- Trouble rotating your arm from a “palm up” to a “palm down” position
- A change in the contour of the front of your arm
Also, a bulge may appear in your biceps area, because the tendon is no longer holding the muscle in place properly. This is often referred to as a “Popeye Sign”. This is caused by a complete rupture of the long head of the biceps tendon.
Treatments for Biceps Tears
For partial tears of the biceps tendon, Ospina Medical offers Regenexx regenerative medicine procedures that can help heal and restore strength to damaged or torn tendons. Our providers utilize platelet rich plasma (PRP) and if needed bone marrow concentrate containing stem cells to stimulate the body’s own natural healing response that can lead to resolution of the partial tear and improvement in function.
If you suffer from a partial biceps tendon tear, contact Ospina Medical to schedule an appointment and learn more about your treatment options. Our providers specialize in Regenexx treatments that can help heal and restore function to damaged or partially torn tendons. Book your consultation at Ospina Medical in Midtown Manhattan today.