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Biceps Tendon Tear at the Elbow

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A tear in the tendon that attaches the bicep to the elbow causes loss of strength in the arm. The arm can still bend but loses its ability to rotate from palm up to palm down. Permanent weakness occurs if the tendon is not repaired. These injuries are uncommon and often sudden.

What are the signs and symptoms of a bicep tendon tear at the elbow?

  • Severe pain when you turn your arm from palm down to palm up
  • Loss of strength in your arm
  • A popping sound at the elbow when the tendon ruptures
  • Bruising and swelling at the elbow and forearm

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