Well, I tore my left distal biceps tendon. I was riding MTB on the North Fork Trail in WV. I was already pretty tired after doing a 'fun ride' the day before with a couple of very fast friends.
The survivors did the NF the following day. We started off on the pavement with an 12 mile, 4 thousand foot vert or so, total climbing, 'warm up'. After a refuel break, we started down some consistently rough singletrack. Approx. another 4 miles in, I steered into (uphill) a rock which caused me to over-correct and sent me off the trail. I was headed downslope pretty slow, 2-3 mph. I could have just dismounted, or fallen over to the side easily. But, Noooo, brainiac with the big biceps reaches out and grabs a tree with his left hand....Pop!
Here are a couple of the MRI shots that may show the tear. I'm no radiologist. Pretty good with x-rays but MRI?
....I played my PT network and found an elbow specialist. One of my colleagues is an All American swimmer from UVA. So, turns out that is where I went. Top notch facility, and surgeons. I was, and am impressed (So far).
They have pics of pro and amateur athletes everywhere. Even 'The Nature Boy' Ric Flair had autographed his endorsement pic! How could I say no?
So... I had surgery this morning. Pretty uneventful. Last thing I remember pre-surgery, was torturing a Medical Resident mildly. He had made a comment of doing thousands of these procedures. How can a first year resisdent have done thousands? Anyhow the Chief knocked me out. I woke up numb from shoulder to fingers in a 90 degree elbow splint. I'm supposed to be immobilzed like this for at least 3 weeks. Not supposed to get back to full activity for about 5-6 months.
So, I am know home, devising ways to do things with one arm.
From what I understand this is a relatively rare injury. It accounts for 2-4% of biceps tears. The large majority occur proximally. I have asked 4 of my closest PT friends and between them/we have over 50 years experience. We have only seen a handfull (3-4) of these injuries.
Anyway the Rehab protocol is rather long and restrictive.
Anyone with some ideas on how I can stay in shape with one arm?
I thought Percocet was supposed to make you sleepy....