Biceps Tendon Rupture (Shoulder)

The biceps tendon in the shoulder can rupture from wear and tear on the tendon, or with certain injuries.  Patients often feel a pop in the front of the shoulder which is accompanied by bruising and swelling.  Often, a “popeye” deformity is noticed when flexing the injured arm. 


Biceps tendon ruptures in the shoulder often cause no functional problems.  The pain following a biceps tendon rupture can be treated with rest, followed by physical therapy.  If patients are unsatisfied with the cosmetic appearance of the arm after a biceps tendon rupture, surgery can be done to reattach the tendon.


Biceps Tear at the Shoulder (AAOS)