What is the Treatment for a Biceps Tendon Injury?
Initially, a biceps tendon injury that involves a partial or minor tear can be treated with rest, ice, and anti-inflammatory medications. Patients are encouraged to avoid any heavy lifting and undergo a course of physical therapy to gain back the strength and flexibility lost with the injury.
The need to surgically repair a bicep tendon injury depends upon your age, activity level, and the severity of your injury as well as if the injury fails to respond to the non-surgical treatment. Tears of the distal tendon, which attaches to the radius, almost always require surgical repair.
A torn bicep tendon in the shoulder can be repaired with minor incisions, with the end result of re-anchoring the torn tendon back to the bone. If only a small portion of the tendon is damaged, a simple shaving (debridement) of the torn fibers may be all that is needed. If a significant portion is involved, a biceps tenodesis may need to be performed by removing the torn tendon stump from inside the shoulder joint and then attaching the remaining tendon to the bone in the upper arm (humerus).
Following surgical repair, physical therapy will be prescribed to return the patient to optimum function. It’s important for patients to work with Dr. Padalecki in their recovery and follow the prescribed rehabilitation guidelines as set forth by him. Following a biceps tendon repair, most patients are able to resume normal activities within several months.
For more information on a biceps tendon injury, such as a biceps tendon tear, please contact the office of Dr. Jeff Padalecki, Austin, Texas orthopedic shoulder specialist.