Distal Biceps Tendon Tear

Symptoms

At the time of injury, a loud 'popping' sound may be heard, followed by severe pain at the affected elbow. Pain may subside after a week or two.

There may also be:

  • Bruising and swelling at the elbow
  • A large bulge near the shoulder (This is referred to as the "Popeye sign" after the muscled cartoon character. The bulge is actually the contracted biceps muscle).
  • Weakness in bending the elbow.
4 August, 2012