What happens if you don’t repair a torn bicep tendon?
When you tear your bicep tendon at the elbow, your other arm muscles will compensate, so you’ll still have full range of motion. However, your arm will most likely lose strength if the tendon is not repaired.
How do you know if you’ve torn your bicep?
Symptoms of bicep tear or strain
Weakness in the shoulder. Bruising on the upper arm. Inability to move or rotate your arm. Change in the look of the bicep in the upper arm (it may look popped out)
Can a torn bicep tendon heal without surgery?
Most people can recover without surgery from a shoulder or bicep tendon tear. The pain from a biceps tendon tear can resolve itself over time and minor arm weakness may never bother the patient.
How long can you wait to repair a torn bicep?
It takes about 3 to 4 months for your biceps muscle to heal. You may be able to do easier daily activities in 2 to 3 weeks, as long as you don’t use your injured arm.
Can you live with a torn bicep?
Many people can still function with a biceps tendon tear, and only need simple treatments to relieve symptoms. If symptoms cannot be relieved by nonsurgical treatments, or if a patient requires complete recovery of strength, surgery to repair the torn tendor may be required.
How do I know if I have a torn bicep distal tendon?
Signs and symptoms of an Rupture of the Distal Biceps Tendon at the Elbow may include:
- Pain, swelling and/or bruising in the front of the elbow.
- Weakness in the affected arm when bending or twisting the elbow.
- Inability to feel the tendon and/or seeing the biceps muscle belly pull up towards the shoulder.
Do all bicep tears require surgery?
When is surgery recommended? Most elbow bicep tendon tears require surgery, but if you are older, less active, and don’t need full use of your arm, you may not need surgery for a bicep tendon tear at your elbow. Some shoulder biceps tears do not require surgery.
Should you wrap a torn bicep?
I advise patients to avoid compression because it can be difficult to wrap the shoulder and if you wrap the elbow incorrectly, it can result in hand swelling.
Is distal bicep surgery worth it?
Surgeons seem to agree that the benefit of surgery is a little more supination strength, with flexion strength returning close to normal with or without surgery. An untreated rupture causes less deformity than with proximal biceps rupture. Surgery adds a scar and does not entirely prevent deformity.