Traumatic distal biceps tears are best treated soon after the injury. Therefore if you believe that you may have injured your distal biceps, you should be evaluated promptly. Most often, you will need surgery to restore all your function and strength. The surgery reconnects your distal biceps tendon to its prior insertion site on your forearm bone.
A degenerative tear is a less urgent issue than a traumatic one. Depending on one’s activity level and general health, nonoperative treatment, including rest, anti-inflammatory medications, and physical therapy, can be tried. Often, however, you will need surgery to resolve the symptoms.
No matter the type of tear, surgery is usually followed by bracing to protect the repair and limit your elbow motion. Once the tendon repair has healed some, your surgeon will often suggest physical therapy to help regain your movement and strength. At Town Center Orthopaedics, the surgeons and physical therapists work together to ensure each patient receives a tailored treatment plan specific to their surgery and needs. The complete healing and recovery process takes several months.
If you believe that you may have sustained a distal biceps tear and would like to discuss treatment options, please book your appointment by phone or online today with Town Center Orthopaedics.