Biceps muscle is located in front of your upper arm. They are most often caused by sudden injury and then tend to result in greater arm weakness than injuries to the biceps tendon at the shoulder. This muscle has two tendons that are attached to the bones of the shoulder and one tendon that is attached to the radius bone at the elbow. Injuries to this muscle include tendonitis and tendon tears. A torn or strained bicep, is an injury caused to the bicep tendon. This is a muscle on the front part of the upper arm. It includes a “short head” and a “long head” that work as a single muscle.
The primary role of the bicep tendons is to attach the bicep muscle to both the shoulder and elbow and then allow for the rotation and extension of the arm. If this tendon becomes torn then a sudden pop is usually heard followed by sharp pain and swelling. The pain may subside over the time but this does not mean the injury has healed.
Bicep tendon injury can occur in two different ways- 90% of bicep tendon injury occurs from the shoulder where the bicep muscle is torn from the shoulder. 10% the bicep Injuries to the biceps tendons include:
- Proximal biceps tendonitis at shoulder
- Proximal biceps tendon tear at shoulder
- Distal biceps tendonitis and tear at the elbow
- Reduced range of motion
- Swelling, bruising or tenderness
- Visual deformity
The pain from biceps muscle injuries will be on top of the arm and extends into the forearm. Often, flexing the elbow or turning the palm up, especially in a repetitive fashion, will lead to pain and a sensation of weakness. The injuries will often lead to pain, bruising and deformity in the chest area near the armpit.
The physiotherapy treatments will aim to reduce the pain and inflammation present with the use of electrotherapy (such as ultrasound and TENS), ice and proper education regarding the activities that may worsen your condition and thus that should be avoided for the time being. Our experienced Physiotherapist at Sara Rehab will also use a wide array of manual therapy and myofascial release techniques will prescribe appropriate stretching and strengthening exercises.
Therefore, please consult our physiotherapist as soon as possible for a quick recovery and have a pain free life. Our goal at Sara Rehab is to get rid of your pain caused by biceps muscle injury from our expert physiotherapists by calling 905 497 4550