Long Head of Biceps Rupture
The biceps muscle splits into two tendons at the shoulder.The long tendon runs over the top of the humerus bone and can suffer a partial rupture causing pain at the front of the shoulder.
Symptoms of Biceps Long Head Rupture
- A sudden sharp pain at the front of the upper arm.
- Pain and swelling over the front of the shoulder joint.
- You will be unable to contract the biceps muscle against resistance because of pain (certainly in the first couple of days after injuring it).
- Pain on resisted shoulder flexion with a straight arm (i.e. lifting a straight arm up above the head).
Biceps Tendon Rupture Explained
The biceps muscle splits into two tendons at the shoulder. A long one and a short one. The long tendon runs over the top of the humerus bone (upper arm) and attaches to the top of the shoulder blade. A rupture of this tendon is rare in young athletes but more common in older ones.
Treatment of Biceps Long Head Rupture
What can the athlete do?
- If the athlete suspects this injury they should apply ice and see a sports injury specialist or doctor as soon as possible.
What can a sports injury specialist or doctor do?
- Operate if needed.
- Prescribe a full rehabilitation programme.