Recover From A Distal Biceps Tendon Rupture
Distal biceps tendon rupture is a tear of the biceps tendon at the elbow that usually results from a specific traumatic event rather than overuse.
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Frequently Asked Questions on Distal Biceps Tendon Rupture Injuries
- +What is this injury?
-What is this injury?A distal biceps tendon rupture is a tear of the biceps tendon at the elbow. It usually results from a specific traumatic event rather than overuse. The athlete notices a large amount of bruising of the arm and often a Popeye deformity, where the tendon retracts up the arm and the biceps muscle appears larger.
- +What are the common treatments?
-What are the common treatments?Distal biceps ruptures are usually reattached surgically in athletes to prevent loss of elbow flexion and supination strength. Older, less active patients can often do well and return to most normal daily activities without surgery.
- +How long could it take to recover?
-How long could it take to recover?Full recovery requires time to regain full strength, motion and elbow function. Recovery differs greatly depending on the nature of the treatment needed to fix the problem. Recovery can take 4 to 6 months or more if the doctor reattaches the tendon surgically.
- +What should I ask my doctor?
-What should I ask my doctor?It is always a good idea to ask if surgery is necessary and if there are nonsurgical treatment options that can be tried first. If you choose to undergo surgery, understanding what restrictions the surgeon will place after surgery and what you can safely do, such as driving and working, are important. Also ask when you could expect to safely return to your sport or exercise.