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.