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Bicep tear

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
I tore the long head bicep tendon where it attaches to the shoulder while training in the gym last week My bicep strength is still pretty good, but it is noticeably weaker depending on the activity. Normally the recommended procedure is just to leave it as is, because the bicep is still attach by the short head tendon.

In my case, since I'm so active, I'm choosing to have surgery to have it reattached. Any others out there have had similar injury want to share their experiences?

On the positive side, I understand it's 4-6weeks of rehab after surgery, which should means I'll be back in action for beginning of the ski season. The down time is going to drive me crazy though.
post #2 of 6
In the second post at this thread, I relate my recent experience with having my rotator cuff tendon repaired: http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=30239

If you are active and its a bad tear, I'd have the surgery to repair it. Plus, I'd do exactly what they tell you to do for rehab.
post #3 of 6
Biceps long head is intimately related to the glenoid labrum. Check with physician to make sure they aren't worried about a SLAP (superior labral tear anterior to posterior) lesion. They'll know what SLAP is.
post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 
The orthopedic surgeon did some different physical abduction & range of motion checks when he examined me. I'm not sure those tests were to check for SLAP lesion. He did say that my rotator cuff power appeared to be at full strength, and that he didn't notice any other abnormalities with the rotator cuff. I'll do as you suggest and ask him about the possibility of a SLAP lesion to see what he says.

post #5 of 6
Bicep Tear: .
Wow, my physiotherapist got me started doing a few light weights when I wrecked my shoulder. I started doing a little light weights again (wanting to do every other day, but end up once or twice a week) gradually upping the weight. Some day in the DISTANT future I will be lifting heavy weights.

Please tell me how to avoid tearing my bicep.
post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 
Well coincidentally my bicep tendon tear was related to a previous shoulder dislocation. I think what happened was the impingement and bone spurs that developed as a result of the shoulder injury ended up wearing out the bicep tendon where it passes through the shoulder/arm area.

To prevent such a tear I would recommend that you avoid heavy exercises which where you would raise your arms higher than your shoulder where there could impingement. Also avoid rapid jerky uncontrolled movements, do smooth slow movements while exercising. Especially during the negative phase where the muscle is elongating under load.

Best to talk to your physio for advice.
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