Biceps Rupture Questions & Answers

Updated: Oct 30, 2020
  • Author: J Michael Wieting, DO, MEd, FAOCPMR, FAAOE; Chief Editor: Milton J Klein, DO, MBA  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What are biceps ruptures?

What shoulder and arm anatomy understanding is needed to manage a biceps rupture?

How are biceps ruptures diagnosed and treated?

Where are biceps ruptures typically located?

What is the prevalence of biceps ruptures?

What impairments are associated with biceps ruptures?

What are the racial predilections of biceps rupture?

What are the sexual predilections of biceps rupture?

Which age groups have the highest prevalence of biceps rupture?

Presentation

What are the signs and symptoms of biceps rupture?

Which physical findings are characteristic of biceps rupture?

What causes biceps rupture?

DDX

Which conditions are included in the differential diagnoses of biceps rupture?

What are the differential diagnoses for Biceps Rupture?

Workup

What is the role of imaging studies in the workup for biceps rupture?

What is the role of plain radiography in the workup for biceps rupture?

What is the role of arthrography in the workup for biceps rupture?

What is the role of ultrasonography in the workup for biceps rupture?

What are the benefits of ultrasonography for imaging of a biceps rupture?

What are the disadvantages of ultrasonography for imaging of a biceps rupture?

What is the role of MRI in the workup for biceps rupture?

Which histologic findings are characteristic of a biceps rupture?

Treatment

How are proximal biceps tendon tears treated?

How are distal biceps tendon tears treated?

What is the role of physical and occupational therapy in the treatment of biceps ruptures?

What is the role of therapeutic manipulation in the treatment of biceps ruptures?

What is the role of surgery in the treatment of biceps ruptures?

What is the role of surgery in the treatment of proximal biceps tendon tears?

What is the role of surgery in the treatment of distal biceps tendon tears?

Which specialist consultations are beneficial to patients with a biceps rupture?

Medications

What is the role of medications in the treatment of a biceps rupture?

Which medications in the drug class Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are used in the treatment of Biceps Rupture?

Follow-up

What is included in the long-term care of a biceps rupture?

When is inpatient care indicated for the treatment of a biceps rupture?

How are biceps ruptures prevented?

What are the possible complications of a biceps rupture?

What is the prognosis for biceps rupture?

What is included in patient education about biceps rupture?