Healing from a bicep tendon tear without surgical treatment can happen over time.

INJURY
Bicep Tendon Tear – Shoulder

ALSO KNOWN AS
Shoulder tendon tear

ABOUT
The upper portion of the bicep has two tendons that attach to the bones in the shoulder. If one or both of the tendons are torn, you may lose some arm strength and be unable to forcefully turn your arm from palm up to palm down.

COMMON INJURY
The tear can be partial or complete and is most often caused by either an injury like falling with an outstretched arm or by overuse and wearing down the tendon over time.

DIAGNOSIS
Your SMGOA physician will examine your arm and shoulder asking you to complete a variety of movement exercises. You will discuss your regular activity, activity at the time of the injury and other arm/shoulder injuries. Upon completion of the physical exam, x-rays or MRI may be considered.

NON SURGICAL TREATMENT
Healing from a bicep tendon tear without surgical treatment can happen over time. Through the use of ice, nonsteroidal anti-flammatory medications, rest and physical therapy, the arm will begin to return to a near-normal state.

SURGICAL TREATMENT
Through minimal incisions, the tendon will be re-anchored to the bone. The surgery, along with physical therapy should grant a successful near-normal arm functionality.

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