Bicep Tendon Rupture

The biceps muscle is present on the front side of your upper arm and functions to help you bend and rotate your arm. A Biceps tendon rupture can either be partial, where it does not completely tear the tendon, or complete, where the biceps tendon completely splits in two and is torn away from the bone.

Bicep Tendon Rupture


  • Sudden, sharp pain in the upper arm
  • Audible popping sound at the time of injury
  • Pain, tenderness and weakness at the shoulder or elbow
  • Trouble turning the arm palm up or down
  • Bulge above the elbow (popeye sign)
  • Bruising to the upper arm


  • Physical examination
  • X-ray
  • MRI

Non-Surgical Treatment:

  • Dry Needling
  • Steroid and Hyaluronic Acid Image Guided Injections
  • Image Guided Calcific Barbotage

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