At Oceana Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center, Dr Aboka performs pectoralis major tendon tear repair with modern minimally invasive fixation techniques that minimize additional trauma to the area while achieving secure fixation that allows earlier return to normal daily activity. This procedure is performed on an outpatient/same-day surgery basis, and leads to less pain and scarring and quicker recovery, and much improved outcomes.
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Pectoralis major tendon tears usually occur with intense contraction of the muscle as is seen during heavy bench-press exercises. A painful “pop” is felt and significant bruising occurs. Sometimes a bulge is seen in the chest as the muscle retract to the middle, or a void can be felt on the front of the armpit area. Resulting weakness can become prominent, especially as the pain subsides, and can make lifting-type activities challenging.
Diagnosis is made by the patient’s history and the findings on physical examination. X-rays are frequently obtained to rule out other injuries, and MRI scan helps define the location and degree of tendon damage.
Treatment depends on several factors, some of which include the nature of the tear, the amount of debility, patient age, occupation and activity level as well as the time from injury and the functional expectations and health of the patient. Often, surgery is required to help you regain good, pain free function, and long-term shoulder health.