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Old 02-08-2009, 06:12 AM   #1
Jennifer Jaeger
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proximal biceps tendon rupture

Well, dear hubby and I have been lurking for about a year. He went out into the yard to cut back some bushes and tree limbs yesterday and complained of a weird sensation/mild pain at the top of his right biceps, near the shoulder. Upon undressing last night, he noticed a clear "dent" in the upper arm. We looked on the web and it appears he has ruptured the proximal biceps tendon (will confirm with doctor this week). There is the empty dent near the shoulder and the biceps head is bunched up. He's had a lot of trouble with the same side shoulder for a long time and an ortho surgeon wanted to replace the joint . Apparently previous shoulder pain is very common with this injury. Have any of you suffered this injury? Were you able to CF after? He definitely feels some weakness on that side now and the information we found on the web indicates up to 10% or so loss of flexion strength.
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Old 02-08-2009, 05:07 PM   #2
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Re: proximal biceps tendon rupture

Long head or short head of the biceps? Well, actually that doesn't matter. Would probably be a good idea to see an ortho.. preferably one who treats athletes or teams.

And yes, recovery should be close to 100%, but that will probably take 6-12 months or so depending on how they reattach it and/or what they're gonna do. Just ask the ortho... he can give you a better approximation, heh.
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Old 02-21-2009, 07:47 AM   #3
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Re: proximal biceps tendon rupture

Long head. Hubby saw an ortho surgeon and had xray and MRI. Long head tendon is ruptured. Ortho says no problem and no loss in strength there... however, this injury is almost always associated with rotator cuff problems. Of course, hubby's rotator cuff is tearing. Thankfully his muscles are strong and healthy and ortho is optimistic. Ortho says Hubby will be able to do whatever he wants post-rehab IF the tendon is as healthy as he thinks from the MRI. No guarantees, of course. Will use an anchor into the bone with sutures from the anchor to the tendon to pull it back onto the bone so it will grow back onto the bone.
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Re: proximal biceps tendon rupture

Sounds like a typical repair.

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