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Biceps Tear Repair / Ruptured Biceps Surgery in Dubai at CMC

Also known as a biceps rupture, a biceps tear is a break in the tendon that connects a person’s biceps muscle in the upper arm to the shoulder or elbow.

There are three tendons that attach the biceps to the bone:

  • The long head tendon that attaches the bicep to the top of the shoulder socket
  • The short head tendon that attaches the bicep to a bump on the shoulder blade is known as the coracoid process.
  • The tendon that attaches the bicep to the radius, which is one of the bones in the forearms.

Types of Bicep Tendon Tear Injuries

There are three common types of tendon tear injuries classified by their location and severity:

  • Proximal biceps tendon tear at the shoulder: This is an injury that occurs when one of the tendons that attach the bicep to the shoulder tears. Compared to the short-head tendon, the long-head tendon is more prone to tearing.
  • Distal biceps tendonitis and tear at the elbow: This bicep tendon tear occurs as a result of pushing the elbow straight up against a heavy weight. The impact of the stress may tear the tendon from the bone, which may result in a full rip.
  • Tendonitis: This is the inflammation or irritation of the long head of the bicep tendon. This often causes micro tears. Similar to the distal biceps tendon, the long head of the biceps tendon can develop tendonitis, which is typically brought on by regular wear and tear but can also be aggravated by repeated activity.

Symptoms of Biceps Tear

  • Swelling
  • Difficulty turning the palm
  • Arm weakness
  • Bruising
  • Warmth around the injury
  • Weariness or worsening arm pain after engaging in repetitive motions
  • A tearing sensation when the injury happens

Causes of Biceps Tear

There are two main causes of a torn bicep tendon:

  • Injury
  • Overuse

Lifting something heavy or falling on the arms could result in injuries. The elbow bicep tendon tears most frequently because of injury.

Overuse can lead to tendons wearing down or fraying over time. This occurs naturally as one age. Repetitive motion can as well worsen it, especially in people who participate in sports like tennis, swimming, or weightlifting.

Diagnosis of Biceps Tear

During the diagnosis of a torn bicep tendon, the doctor will first evaluate the patient’s medical history. He/she will inquire about the symptoms including whether the patient had recent injuries and when the pain began.

The diagnosis will involve checking the range of motion and strength to determine whether the patient has difficulty with certain movements, especially rotations. To rule out any injuries, the doctor may order an X-ray or an MRI to determine whether the rupture is partial or complete.

Treatment of Biceps Tear

  • Physical therapy: This can help an individual regain strength and range of motion after a bicep tendon injury. A physical therapist guides the patient through a series of motions designed to help heal the injury and relieve pain.
  • Torn bicep surgery: The doctor might recommend surgery if none of the other measures help the patient’s injury to heal or if half of the tendon is torn.
  • Rest: It is recommended for the patient to take time off from exercising, lifting, or holding anything heavy and using his/her arm as little as possible.
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