Biceps Tendon Tear (at the Elbow)

Elbow Broken Bones & Injuries - Adelaide Orthopaedic Specialist

Biceps tears at the elbow are an uncommon injury, most often caused by sudden trauma and often resulting in lasting arm weakness. Once torn, the biceps tendon at the elbow will not grow back to the bone and heal, although other arm muscles make it possible to bend the elbow fairly well without the bicep tendon. However, they cannot fulfil all the functions of the elbow, especially the motion of rotating the forearm from palm down to palm up (supination).

To return arm strength to near normal levels, surgery to repair the torn tendon is usually recommended. However, nonsurgical treatment is a reasonable option for patients who may not require full arm function.

Dr James McLean provides consultation and various treatments for bicep tendon tears at the elbow and a wide variety of other elbow conditions in his multiple practice locations in Adelaide and Darwin. With his extensive experience in treating upper limb conditions, he works with his patients to create tailored treatment plans which yield the best possible outcomes for their injuries. Click here for more information on other conditions involving the shoulder, hand, wrist, and elbow which Dr James McLean has a special interest in treating.

This page was adapted from orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/diseases--conditions/biceps-tendon-tear-at-the-elbow: click the link to read more about the condition. To find out more about bicep tendon tears at the elbow or to book a consultation, contact Dr James McLean.

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