The symptoms of a biceps tear will usually be immediately felt. You may have heard a “popping sound” at the time of injury. A sign that your distal biceps has torn from its attachment site on the radius is when you present with something called ‘Pop-eye Syndrome.” This is indicative of a complete detachment of the muscle from its distal attachment site on the radius. The muscle, still attached superiorly can still contract, but instead of bending the elbow the muscle just gets shorter and curls up, resulting in a huge bulge in the middle of the upper arm, resembling Pop-eye’s arms after he would eat spinach. Other symptoms are:
● Popping sound
● Weakness in arm
● Muscle cramping or spasmsIf You Are Experiencing Symptoms, Schedule an Appointment Dr. Burke Orthopedics Immediately.
Treatment for a ruptured biceps tendon depends solely on the severity of the tear. A complete tear will almost always require surgery in order to fix the injury. But if the tear is not complete and not causing significant pain, discomfort, or dysfunction, conservative measures including a course of physical therapy will often be enough to allow the injury to heal, strengthen and return to function. Besides physical therapy, other conservative measure that will be recommended are:
● Icing the area
● Over the counter anti-inflammatory drugs and pain medication