Biceps Tendon Tear at the Elbow

The biceps muscle, located in the front of the upper arm allows you to bend the elbow and rotate the arm. Biceps tendons attach the biceps muscle to the bones in the shoulder and in the elbow. Biceps tear can be complete or partial. Partial biceps tendon tears will not completely break the tendon. Complete tendon tears will break the tendon into two parts.

Biceps Tendon Tear at the Elbow


  • Severe pain
  • “pop” sound at the elbow
  • Bruising
  • Weakness
  • Trouble turning your palm
  • Bulge in the arm


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

Non-Surgical Treatments:

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

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