Biceps Tendon Tear at the Elbow

A Biceps Tendon Tear at the Elbow is a condition that occurs when one of the tendons attaching the bicep muscle to the elbow bone gets torn. It’s usually caused by a sudden injury or repetitive motions that wear down the tendon over time.


If you’ve sustained a Biceps Tendon Tear at the Elbow, you might experience the following symptoms:

  • A popping sensation at the time of injury
  • Pain at the front of the elbow
  • Swelling in the elbow
  • Bruising in the elbow and forearm
  • Weakness in the bent elbow and rotation of the forearm
  • A bulge in the upper part of the biceps muscle


To diagnose a Biceps Tendon Tear at the Elbow, healthcare professionals may use:

  • Physical examination: Assessing pain, swelling, and mobility can identify potential tendon tears.
  • X-rays: These can rule out other conditions, like a fracture or dislocation.
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): This can provide a detailed image of the bicep tendon and show its condition.


To prevent a Biceps Tendon Tear at the Elbow:

  • Avoid heavy lifting or overuse of the arm
  • Engage in consistent strength training to keep muscles strong
  • Use proper form and technique when lifting or performing repetitive motions


Treatment options for a Biceps Tendon Tear at the Elbow include:

Non-surgical Treatment

  • Rest and physiotherapy: Resting the tendon and learning exercises to gradually restore strength and mobility can be effective for minor tears.
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications: These can help reduce pain and swelling.
  • Ice: Apply ice to reduce inflammation.

Surgical Treatment

  • Biceps Tendon Repair: In this procedure, the torn end of the biceps tendon is reattached to the bone. This surgery is typically recommended if there’s significant loss of strength and function.
  • During this surgery, the normal attachment of the biceps is removed and the tendon is attached in a new place. This procedure is typically done for older patients or those with partial tears. It can help maintain arm function while relieving pain.

See Biceps Tendon Tear at the Elbow Surgery for more information.