A torn or ruptured bicep most often occurs when a bicep muscle is fully extended and the bicep ends up being under too much stress and pressure. The biceps tendon detaches from the bone when the bicep is torn or ruptures. Proper torn bicep treatment is essential in order to return to normal activities. Torn bicep treatment involves assessment, rest, rehabilitation, pain and inflammation control and sometimes surgery.
Assessment is the first step in torn bicep treatment. The doctor will perform a full examination of the affected arm, shoulder and elbow. This is to help determine the correct course of torn bicep treatment as well as to see if there are any other previous arm or bicep injuries or other conditions that need to be taken into account before torn bicep treatment is given.
Physical and/or occupational therapy are tools used in torn bicep treatment. Once an assessment has been completed, rehabilitation can commence. Physiotherapy for torn bicep treatment involves gentle range-of-motion exercises to improve movement and return as much function as possible to the area, as well as gentle stretching exercises. Occupational therapy consists of medication for inflammation as well as cold therapy to help decrease swelling. This cold therapy can be applied in several ways. These cold torn bicep treatment methods include using a cold pack for 10 minutes no more than once per hour, massaging the affected arm with ice, the use of cold compression units and hydrotherapy. Hydrotherapy uses cold water to treat certain conditions.
Medication for Torn Bicep
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) are used in torn bicep treatment to help control pain and lessen inflammation. This inflammation can occur due to overuse, nerve impingement or muscle and tendon injuries. The most common anti-inflammatory drug given for torn bicep treatment is ibuprofen, such as Motrin.
Torn Bicep Surgery & Rehabilitation
There is debate as to using surgery as a torn bicep treatment. There is no one standard torn bicep treatment for everyone, so the best bet is to offer individualised care and take each on a case-by-case basis. By evaluating each patient as unique, it can then be determined if surgery is appropriate and beneficial.
Once surgery is completed, rehabilitation must occur. The rehab received is determined by what the surgeon finds during surgery as well as the doctor's own ideas. Post-surgical rehabilitation includes placing the arm in a soft sling right after surgery. The sling permits the patient to take the arm out and perform gentle arm movements and range-of-motion exercises. After 10 days to two weeks, therapy bands or pulleys are used for further range-of-motion movements and to strengthen the arm. The exercises increase in intensity until 6- to 8-weeks have passed. Then, some moderate weight bearing exercises are performed, such as running, fast walking and weightlifting.