The biceps extends from the shoulder to the elbow and allows us to move our elbow and shoulder joints. The bicep has strong tendons that attach muscle to bones. The bicep tendon can tear at the elbow or shoulder. Tearing can be partial or complete.
Accidents, trauma (such as falls) and sports injuries can cause a bicep tendon tear. In some situations, the bicep tendon can tear in the gym setting during a weights session.
Pain in the front of the arm is common. Loss of power of the biceps can also occur. Other symptoms include:
- Elbow pain
- Elbow swelling
- Visible bruising
- Weakness in elbow flexion and forearm supination
- Deformity with muscle bunching ‘pop-eye sign’.
Treatment is guided by the location and severity of the bicep tear. In some cases, surgery is needed. In other causes, physiotherapy and sports chiropractic treatments are sufficient to bring about a full recovery. Visit S3C Balmain for more information.