Distal Biceps Tendon Tear

Your Biceps is a prominent muscle on the front of your upper arm.

It is attached to your shoulder blade (scapula) and to your radius (one of your bones in your forearm). The main function of the biceps is to rotate your forearm and bend your elbow.

A Distal tear means that your biceps has been torn (either completely or only partly) from its attachment to the radius (near the elbow). Tears of the distal biceps tendon usually affect men who are older than 40 years of age, but may also occur in athletes.

If you have a tear of your biceps tendon, it can lead to weakening of your ability to bend your elbow and rotate your forearm inwards.

Depending on the severity of the tear, the biceps can either be repaired through surgery or through intensive physiotherapy. The decision of one over the other will vary depending on how much strength and function is needed in that arm.

4 August, 2012