The treatment of distal biceps tendon ruptures depends upon the age, health, and activity level of the patient as well as the extent of the tendon injury (ie partial tear versus complete rupture). For older, less active patients, and those with severe medical problems which preclude safe surgery, non-surgical treatment is recommended. In addition for patients with partial tears representing less than 50% of the tendon thickness, non-surgical treatment is typically recommended initially. Non-surgical treatment consists of icing, anti-inflammatory medications, bracing, activity modifications, physical therapy, and a gradual return to activities as tolerated.
For most young, active, healthy patients with complete tendon ruptures or partial tendon ruptures which represent more than 50% of the tendon thickness, surgical treatment is recommended. Surgical treatment is ideally performed within 2-3 weeks from the date of the initial injury before the tendon and muscle begin to scar and shorten, which makes reattaching it to its native position more difficult. Surgery consists of reattaching the ruptured tendon back to its insertion on the radius bone of the forearm.
At Oceana Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center, Dr. Aboka brings added expertise in minimally invasive treatment of Distal Biceps Tendon Tears, facilitating your return to pain-free function. These procedure are outpatient/same-day surgery, and lead to less pain and scarring and quicker recovery and return to normal function.