Biceps tendon tear / Injury
The biceps muscle is the large muscle in the front of the arm which we often associate with elbow curls and ‘Popeye the sailor.’ The biceps attaches above the shoulder and below the elbow. There are two attachment sites above the shoulder and one attachment site below the elbow. The long head of the biceps attaches inside the shoulder joint on a structure called the labrum. The labrum is a soft tissue structure that surrounds the socket side (glenoid) of the shoulder joint. If the biceps tendon pulls quickly it can injure the superior (top) portion of the labrum producing something called a SLAP tear (superior labrum, anterior to posterior). Also, the biceps tendon itself can tear. These can be a source of shoulder pain and often need to be addressed. Depending on the severity of the injury, the discomfort associated with the injury and the expected activity after recovery, Dr. Vizzi can guide you through the treatment options for this injury including conservative, nonsurgical and surgical modalities, helping you make the right choice for your injury and desires. If surgery is needed, he uses advanced surgical and arthroscopic shoulder techniques to address your injury.
Dr. Vizzi frequently treats bicep muscle tears and will help you heal correctly. If you’ve experienced a bicep tear and are experiencing pain, schedule a consultation with Dr. Vizzi and have your arm examined right here in Lafayette, LA.