Torn Bicep Tendon
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06-08-2009, 03:04 PM
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Lewiston, ME USA
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I ruptured by bicep tendon when I was 40, did it moving a steel door. Mine was work related so it was easier for me to decide on my outcome, also, it was my right arm. I had the surgery and never regretted it. According to my surgeon, if I had not had the surgery I would have lost about 30% of the strength in my arm and there would be a substantial difference in size between my left and right arm. Having a family, numerous horses, hockey and way too many other things going on in my life, a 30% loss in the use of my arm didn't seem such a great option. After recovery, I'd say I'm at about 90 - 95% strength and I lost about 15% range of motion, I had to get tested since it was a comp. issue. Plan on 5 - 6 months for recovery, I was two months in a cast and splint, and then therapy. If I had to do it again, I'd go the same route.
Wow I guess that worked out well for yourself then.
I am so happy right now with how it is healing. TODAY makes one week ago I injured it and it went from small popeye looking bicep that shriveled up just lifting a pencil to how it is today which is quite good. Here is a picture of it today and I am actually flexing the bicep with very little discomfort.
It amazes me how quickly and versatile the human body is. The way it was before I actually felt dizzy looking at it as it looked so bad.
I can place my arm almost straight down now without much discomfort, I really think I got off lucky with mine.
I am very happy that your surgery went well for you .... I am certainly going to change my game a bit and start acting my age when I play. I'll let the young guys run around and get physical. It is obvious that the older we get the easier it is for this sort of injury to happen.
I fully expect to not play again for a few months but at least the healing is going good. I will spend plenty of time strengthening it and stretching it.
When I blew apart my hamstring a decade ago I missed 6 months and I already expected that from this one.
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