How To Recover For A Bicep Injury

By on June 1, 2017

The biceps muscle is located in the front of the arm. The bicep is attached to the forearm bones and shoulder bones by tough strips of connective tissues called tendons. The tendon that attaches the biceps muscle to the forearm bones (radius and ulna) is called the distal biceps tendon. The tendons that connect the biceps muscle to the shoulder joint in two places are called the proximal biceps tendons.

Bicep Injuries and Conditions

Biceps strain: Also referred to as a pulled bicep, results from overstretching and therefore tearing some of the biceps muscle fibers and/or tendons. Symptoms include pain and often swelling may occur.

Proximal biceps tendon rupture: This injury is when one of the two biceps tendons (distal biceps tendon or proximal biceps tendons) in the shoulder is torn away from the bone. Sudden shoulder pain and an odd-shaped bulge in the biceps are symptoms.

Distal biceps tendon rupture: A tear of the biceps tendon at the forearm is unusual; this tear can be partial or complete. A complete tear means the tendon has torn away from the bone. Sudden pain over the front of the elbow and forearm weakness are symptoms.

Proximal biceps tendinitis (tendinitis): Repeated use of the biceps or problems in the shoulder can irritate the proximal biceps tendon. The long head of the biceps tendon is several times more likely to be injured. It’s significantly more vulnerable as it travels through the shoulder joint and attaches inside the socket.

Biceps contracture: The biceps becomes permanently contracted, with the elbow bent. Biceps contracture may occur after a severe stroke.

(sources: Cleveland Clinic, Ortho Info)