Biceps Rupture

The biceps tendon at the elbow is called the distal biceps tendon and if there is a tear in this tendon, you will be unable to move your arm from the palm-down to palm-up position. Once the distal biceps tendon is torn, it cannot regrow back to the bone and heal by itself. Permanent weakness during rotatory movements of the forearm may occur if the tendon is not repaired surgically. Biceps tendon tear can be complete or partial

Biceps Rupture


  • Severe pain in the upper arm
  • “Pop” sound at the elbow
  • Swelling
  • Visible bruising
  • Weakness
  • Gap in the front of the elbow due to absence of the tendon
  • Bulge in the elbow
  • Trouble turning the palm


  • Physical examination
  • Medical history
  • X-ray
  • MRI

Non-Surgical Treatments:

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

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