Biceps Tendon Tear Injury

Shoulder Biceps Tendon TearWhat is a Bicep Tendon Tear

A Bicep tendon Tear can occur from lifting heavy objects, falling on an outstretched arm or playing contact sports. The bicep tendon attaches the biceps muscles to the shoulder, providing leverage for lower arm movement. A bicep tendon rupture occurs when the tendon attachment separates from the bone. After this happens the muscle cannot pull on the bone and certain movements may seem weak and painful.

There are two types of Biceps Tendon Ruptures:

  • Proximal bicep rupture, which is an injury at the shoulder joint
  • Distal bicep rupture, which is an injury toward the elbow joint

Biceps Tendon Tear Symptoms

Symptoms include pain, swelling and certain muscle movements may seem weak. A distal bicep tendon rupture is characterized by sharp pain over the front of the elbow. Swelling and bruising around the elbow are also symptoms. A proximal rupture usually isn’t as painful.

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Orthopaedic Associates of Marlborough

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The office is generally closed for lunch from 12-1 daily.
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  • Marlborough Location
    Marlborough Medical Building

    65 Fremont Street | Marlborough, MA 01752
    Telephone: 508-485-3665 | Fax: 508-485-0899

  • Northborough Location
    Carewell Urgent Care Building

    333 Southwest Cutoff | Northborough, MA 01532
    Telephone: 508-485-3665
    Appointments call UMASS scheduling: 855-862-7763

  • Westborough Location
    UMass Memorial Orthopedics

    154 East Main Street | Westborough, MA 01581
    Telephone: 508-485-3665
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