Biceps Tendon Rupture Specialist in New Jersey

Biceps tendon ruptures are a very painful injury that occurs when the main bicep tendon that attaches it to the shoulder tears. It can happen in people that are older from the constant wear and tear of the tendon, or in younger people who are physically active and suffer the injury in athletics. To avoid this painful injury, know what can cause biceps tendon rupture, its symptoms and how to treat it properly.

Causes of Biceps Tendon Rupture

If you are between the ages of 40 and 60 years old and have had shoulder problems for a long time, you are the most at risk for bicep injuries. Problems with either shoulder impingement or shoulder degeneration can also lead to an eventual bicep tendon rupture. On top of years of tendon fraying, bicep tendon ruptures can also happen suddenly from a direct injury to it, typically in physical activities.

Symptoms of Biceps Tendon Rupture

The most obvious symptom of a bicep tendon rupture is when the patient says they felt or heard a snap at the top of their bicep or shoulder. After this happens the symptoms of sharp and immediate pain occurs. Your shoulder and bicep area will begin to bruise and spread down to your elbow area. In addition to bruising, you will feel a sense of weakness in your arm.

Diagnosis of Biceps Tendon Rupture

After your doctor takes a full medical history, he or she will then perform a physical exam to assess the pain location and severity. The doctor can typically tell if the tendon was ruptured by feeling the area because it tends to ball up near the shoulder region. To confirm the diagnosis – or learn more about it – your doctor may order an x-ray and/or a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan.

Treatment of Biceps Tendon Rupture in New Jersey

Treatment for biceps tendon ruptures will be non-surgical or surgical in nature:

  • Non-Surgical Biceps Tendon Rupture Treatment

It is more common for doctors to treat this injury with non-surgical treatment methods. You will need to rest, ice and take anti-inflammatory medicine to treat your injury. Your doctor will likely also suggest you go to a physical therapist in your area.

  • Surgical Biceps Tendon Rupture Treatment

Surgery will be required for patients who suffer a biceps tendon rupture and either need to restore arm strength or have pain that isn’t going away through non-surgical treatment. The different surgery options for this injury include biceps tenodesis, acromioplasty, and direct tenodesis.

Biceps Tendon Rupture Specialists in New Jersey

When you rupture your biceps tendon, you’re dealing with a painful injury that needs to be diagnosed and treated right away. The doctors at New Jersey Orthopaedic Institute specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of biceps tendon ruptures, as well as all orthopedic and sports medicine needs. Request your appointment today at one of our northern New Jersey locations to get started on your recovery today.

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Meet The Team

Vincent K. McInerney, M.D.


Founding member, Vincent K. McInerney, M.D., graduated from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in 1977 with honors as one of the top medical students in his class.

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Anthony Festa, M.D.


Dr. Anthony Festa is an orthopaedic surgeon in his seventh year of practice at the New Jersey Orthopaedic Institute.

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Anthony J. Scillia, M.D.


Anthony J. Scillia M.D. is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon with subspecialty certification in sports medicine.

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Robert M. Palacios, M.D.


Dr. Robert Palacios is board-certified and fellowship trained, and has been specializing in outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine for over two decades.

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Craig Wright, M.D.


Craig Wright, MD joins New Jersey Orthopaedic Institute by way of Totowa, NJ where he was born and raised.

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John Callaghan, M.D.


John Callaghan, M.D. is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic trauma specialist. His expertise encompasses the treatment of acute traumatic injuries.

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