Biceps and Triceps Tendons

As such, obviously the biceps and triceps are critical muscle groups in any kind of sport, but in particular, in racket sports, and sports that involve throwing and lifting.

Each of these muscles starts out as tendons near the shoulder, transition to muscles in the middle of the upper arm, then turn back into tendons near the elbow.

They can be injured at any of these locations, but the most common injury is a tear of the tendon where the tendon inserts onto the bone at the elbow.

These injuries are very common and can be very painful and debilitating.

They typically occur after a sudden, forceful movement such as catching something that is falling or quickly lifting a heavy object.

Fortunately, here at All-Pro Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, we are well familiar with how to treat tendon injuries of the biceps and triceps, offering state-of-the-art treatments from non-operative management to surgical repair.

How Are Sports Injuries of the Biceps and Triceps Treated?

A tendon tear involving the biceps or triceps may require surgical repair, however, depending on the extent of the injury, that may not always be the case. Non-surgical interventions, such as focused physical therapy, activity modification, and bracing, can be effective in some patients with small or partial tears of the biceps or triceps at the elbow. However, if the tear is complete, surgical repair is often recommended, particularly for an athlete who may need to return to the game as soon as possible.

A medical history and physical exam will be necessary to make a proper diagnosis and recommended course of action for a sports-related biceps or triceps injury. Because X-rays only show dense tissue such as bones, injuries to soft tissues such as tendons, will require a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan or computed tomography (CT) scan, to determine the full extent of the tear or other injuries.

If a surgical repair is indicated, the outcomes are very promising, with most patients returning to full mobility after the procedure and a program of physical therapy.

Remember, only your doctor using the proper imaging and diagnostic tools can make the determination of the extent of your injury to your biceps or triceps, and therefore recommend the appropriate treatment that is best for your needs and lifestyle.

When Do You Need to Seek Treatment for a Torn Tendon of the Biceps or Triceps?

You need to seek medical attention quickly if any injury to your elbow causes signs or symptoms of injury to biceps or triceps muscle. This is particularly true if you can’t move your elbow, notice a deformity, or have significant bruising.

Signs and symptoms of a tendon tear to the biceps or triceps include:

  • Pain and inability to flex or extend the elbow
  • Bruising and/or swelling
  • Deformity in the arm when the muscle retracts away from the elbow

What Kind of Results Can I Expect From My Treatments?

The treatment of your torn tendon will be tailored to the specifics of your injury, age, needs, and lifestyle. We will always strive to use the most effective treatments for your specific case, that will get you back in the game as soon as possible.

Choosing the right medical specialist after your traumatic sports injury is a crucial step in the rehabilitation process. As specialists in sports medicine, our physicians understand the nature of exercise and athletics-related injuries, better than any other medical professionals.

We understand that as athletes or lay sportsmen, you can’t afford to lose your edge. It is imperative that you sustain the full capabilities that you had before your sports-related injury, and it is always our goal to do so.

Contact All-Pro Orthopedics and Sports Medicine today for the quickest and safest recovery.

Common Questions about Torn Biceps Treatment, Torn Triceps Treatment

What is a torn biceps injury and a torn triceps injury?

Torn biceps injury are caused by tears or ruptures of connective tissue that connect the upper arm biceps muscle to the shoulders (proximal tendon) or elbows (distal tendon). A biceps tendon tear can be complete or partial. Partial biceps tendon tears will not completely break the tendon; complete biceps tendon tears will cause the tendon to split in half.

Having a triceps injury means you’ve damaged the tendon connecting your triceps muscle and shoulder blade. It’s responsible for extension and retraction of the arm and stabilizing the shoulder joint. It’s most common to tear your triceps on the tendons that attach the triceps to your elbow.

We provide elite orthopedic care and sports medicine here at All-Pro Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Florida. We can help you with both torn biceps treatment and torn triceps treatment.

What causes the biceps and/or triceps to tear?

An injury to the biceps tendon can occur when you fall down with your arm outstretched or lift heavy objects. Overuse can weaken or tear the biceps tendon, such as tendonitis, shoulder impingement, and rotator cuff injuries.

Usually, triceps tears occur during trauma, when your triceps muscles are contracted (tightened) and an external force tries to push your elbow into a bent position. Falling on an outstretched arm is one of the most common methods of causing triceps tears.

It is possible for biceps and triceps to tear during sports activities such as throwing a baseball, boxing, blocking players in a football game, gymnastics, or falling and landing on an arm. Tendon tears can also be caused by advancing age, heavy overhead activities, repetitive overhead sports, smoking, and corticosteroids.

How long does it take for a torn biceps or torn triceps to heal?

Both torn biceps and torn triceps are severe injuries that require medical attention and sometimes even surgery. Recovery after a biceps tear or a triceps tear is a lengthy process, typically between 2 to 6 months to heal.

After an injury, it usually takes the patient 4 to 5 months to return to normal activities. A full range of motion is expected to return after 12 weeks, but full strength is not likely to return till 6 to 9 months after the injury.

What are the symptoms of a biceps tear or triceps tear?

Symptoms associated with a torn triceps or torn biceps may vary; regardless, you should seek immediate help if you have:

  • Immediate pain in the back of your elbow and upper arm
  • Feel or hear a popping or tearing sensation
  • Swelling
  • Skin appears to be red and/or bruised
  • Feeling of weakness on the elbow
  • Trouble twisting the forearm

Here at All-Pro Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Florida, we provide expert diagnosis and treatment for various types of muscle and tendon injuries.

What’s included in your torn biceps treatment and torn triceps treatment?

Here at All-Pro Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Florida, our doctors will work with you to develop a treatment plan best suited to your particular condition.

Both torn biceps treatment and torn triceps treatment may be done in several ways, depending on which part is affected (muscle belly or tendon) and the extent of the damage.

It is often possible to treat partial tendon tears in the triceps without surgery if they involve less than 50% of the tendon. It may require resting the joint, applying ice to reduce swelling and pain, using a splint to immobilize the elbow, taking medication to reduce inflammation and pain, and eventually, undergoing physical therapy to restore mobility and strength.

It is recommended to undergo surgery if your triceps tendon tear involves more than 50% of the tendon. Surgery may also be recommended if you intend to return to high-level sports after a recovery period, even if the tear is less than 50%.

What are the benefits of torn biceps treatment and torn triceps treatment at All-Pro Orthopedic & Sports Medicine in Florida?

All our locations in Florida have a team of doctors specializing in various orthopedic conditions and performing orthopedic procedures. You can trust our doctors to prescribe medications and perform surgery to help you recover from back or neck injuries.

Our doctors will create a treatment plan based on your injury. Our treatment plans include prescribing medication. Our doctors may also perform surgeries to help you recover from your torn biceps or torn triceps injury.