What is the Treatment for a Biceps Tendon Injury?
For biceps tendon injuries that are minor, treatment with ice, rest and anti-inflammatory medication will be prescribedNot all biceps ruptures require surgery; some may be associated with rotator cuff tears. Patients are advised to avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activity until the tear heals completely. Physical therapy is then recommended to regain strength and flexibility.
Biceps tendon injuries do not always require surgical intervention. Dr. Mazzara will discuss patient options based on age, activity level and severity of the injury. Tears that occur in the elbow almost always require surgery and should occur within two weeks of the injury.
A torn biceps tendon in the shoulder can be repaired with minimally invasive surgery, or arthroscopic surgery, using minor incisions to re-anchor the torn tendon back to the bone. If only a small part of the tendon is torn, a simple smoothing (debridement) of the torn fibers may be all that is required. If a large portion of the tendon is torn, the damaged part may be removed from inside the shoulder joint and then the remaining tendon would be attached to the upper arm bone (humerus) This procedure is called biceps tenodesis.
For more information on biceps tendon injuries or other biceps tear injuries, please contact the orthopedic office of Dr. James Mazzara, shoulder specialist serving patients living in Manchester, South Windsor, Rocky Hill, Glastonbury and surrounding Hartford Connecticut communities.