Distal Bicep Tendon Rupture: Treatment In Carrollton, TX

by Administrator 19. January 2015 13:51

Bicep is the main muscle that flexes the forearm and is used in lifting weights. Distal bicep tendon rupture occurs when the ligament that attaches the bicep muscle to the elbow is torn from the forearm bone. It can either be partial or complete depending upon on severity of the tear. The condition is more commonly seen in middle-aged and old people.

Causes

  • Lack of physical exercise
  • Sport activities that exert pressure on the forearm or biceps
  • Injury due to fall from a height, with an outstretched arm
  • Carrying very heavy items puts pressure on the forearm that causes the tendon to tear
  • Performing persistent activities that put strain on the bicep tendon
  • Bending the elbow forcefully

Symptoms

  • Severe pain in the elbow, biceps, arm or shoulder
  • Swelling and bruising on the elbow or shoulders
  • Weakness or numbness in the arm or elbow
  • Inability to lift objects
  • Difficulty in rotating, bending or moving your arm and elbow
  • A visible bulge in the upper arm
  • A popping sound in the elbow at the site of injury

Diagnosis

The orthopedic doctor examines the patient and asks questions about the medical history in order to determine the exact condition and severity of the injury. Distal bicep tendon rupture is usually diagnosed with the help of MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), X-rays and clinical examination.

Treatment

Depending upon your age and severity of the condition, the doctor may either suggest non-surgical or surgical treatment to cure distal bicep tendon rupture.

  • Non-surgical treatment: It is usually chosen for aged patients and for those who are not fit for surgery. The reason older people are most likely to suffer from a tendon tear after an injury is due to their advancing age and lack of physical activity. Non-surgical treatment may most likely work for injuries that are less than 3 weeks old. The orthopedic doctor may also prescribe anti-inflammatory medications to relieve pain and get the arm back to its normal functions. After initial treatment, the doctor may focus on strengthening the muscles in order to decrease the chances of tendon ruptures in the future. Physiotherapy can also be recommended for patients under professional supervision.
  • Surgical treatment: It is usually recommended for injuries that are more than 3 weeks old or very severe in nature. The surgical method reattaches the torn tendon to the forearm bone with the help of different techniques by the orthopedic surgeon.

For treatment options for distal bicep tendon rupture, contact Dr. Fagelman in Carrollton, TX. To schedule an appointment, call at (972) 492 - 1334.

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