Rehab for torn bicep tendon

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  1. Ted Houx

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    It happened last Tuesday during a serve. A loud ( to me ) pop and instant pain. The bruising started yesterday and the pain is fading. Anybody have some specific exercises to strengthen it back to normal?
     
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  2. Marius_Hancu

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    in which area exactly is the pain?
    talked to a dr.? if not, how do you know what it is?

    Tendons and ligaments, if fully torn, must normally be operated on to recover full capability.

    Do a search at yahoo with these keywords:
    torn biceps tendon rehab
    and you will find many pages such as this.

    Read as much as you can, do your homework (no one will do it for you, not even the doctors).

     
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  3. Ted Houx

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    The pain is on the upper arm, towards the shoulder.
     
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    Well, check the article I pointed to for the proximal end of the biceps then. And go to a doctor.

    If he tells you you can start rehad you should do so, but not before being medically advised. This is a tricky thing, a tendon.
    If it's only partially affected, it's easier. If it's totally torn, you might be up for surgery, and the faster the better.

    Check that article for rehab too.

    Also, do a search for
    proximal biceps rupture
    at yahoo
    you'll find articles such as this:
    http://www.physsportsmed.com/issues/1999/06_99/carter.htm
    http://www.emedicine.com/pmr/topic15.htm
    http://www.health-nexus.com/biceps_tendon_rupture.htm

    As shown in the latest article, you might well need an MRI:
    http://www.mykneespecialist.com/bicep-tendon-ruptures.shtml

    And only an MD, and only probably with help from MRI would be able to tell you if the rotator cuff isn't involved too.
     
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  5. Ted Houx

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    After reading the first article you posted I'm pretty sure it's proximal end. I did talk to my Ortho Doc and he assured me it would be ok without surgery. I'm just looking for strenthening exercises.
     
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    OK, if you talked to your doc we're in business.

    Check:
    my posting at:
    Great fitness sites
    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=33800
    and look for biceps, arm and shoulder exercises (check especially the Shoulder area).

    Check the last para here:
    http://www.mykneespecialist.com/bicep-tendon-ruptures.shtml
     
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  7. Ted Houx

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    Marius, the article from physsportmed looked like my case study, just substitue tennis for rock climbing. Thanks for the post.
     
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    when did you do last conditioning exercises?
    this might be a general problem.
     
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  9. Ted Houx

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    I do a daily routine but have not worked with weights for the last couple of years. That may be the problem. The case study you referred me to mentioned prior shoulder problem. I just had a MRI in Dec to check the rotator cuff. It was negative but obvioulsly there was a weakening present...
     
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    Then I suggest you pick up a general weight program from the sites I listed, not insist just on your shoulder. Because neglecting your quads might mean that tomorrow you'd have a knee problem (happened to one of my g'fs which neglected that ...).

    Even the exercises in the Racket Sport Specific of my posting would help you a lot. But for serious stuff you might want to look at the OUTSIDE magazine series.

    Anyway, for the shoulder I suggest initially only rotations in all directions, with not load. Just like a wind mill, but slow. Across the chest, laterally, beside the head (vertically), like in swimming.

    Then, if no pain, you should start flexibility exercises. Then low weights, say 3lbs, initially 5reps, then 10 reps, see how you respond. Or with surgical tubing (can buy and install at home). If any pain, you reduce and go back to no load.

    Again, check the Shoulder area in Great Fitness Sites posting. There are some standard rotator cuff exercises there.

    I suggest you adopt a 3-day weight routine
    say similar to this
    http://www.jeanpaul.com/standard.html
    listed in my compilation.
     
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  11. Ted Houx

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    Thank you for your response. I have much work to do.
     
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