Signs & Symptoms
Signs and symptoms of a rupture of the biceps tendon at the elbow may include:
- Pain and swelling in the front of the elbow
- Weakness when bending or twisting the elbow
- Snap or pop at time of injury
Self-CareThe doctor may recommend resting the elbow and modifying activity to help relieve pain and swelling. Although this will eventually help with bending the elbow, there will be a decrease in power when twisting the elbow and most often surgery within the first several days of the injury is recommended.
SurgeryDepending on the level of strength needed in the biceps, surgery may be recommended to help restore normal function by reattaching the tendon and is the most common treatment for this injury.
SplintingCertified Hand Therapists can custom fit splints for the joint. The splint acts a brace to support the joint and limit stress placed on the joint during activity. A sling or other advanced support may be used.
Hand/Elbow TherapyCertified Hand Therapists work closely with doctors to create a customized therapy and rehabilitation program to restore function to the elbow. They equip patients with the materials and exercises they need to maximize recovery.