Biceps Strain Or Something More?
Pain in your biceps makes it challenging to go about your life. Persistent discomfort can leave you wondering if there is a deeper issue. If you’re wondering if the pain in your biceps is something to worry about, here are a few things to look for as you prepare for a trip to the doctor.
Characteristics of a Bicep Strain
A bicep strain can present itself in several ways, and all may come with varying degrees of pain. Bicep strains typically start in the upper arm, close to the shoulder, and often accompany a popping sound. The pain can be sudden and intense and described as a “burst of pain.”
Other signs of a bicep strain include
- Weakness in the shoulder
- Inability to rotate the arm
Risk Factors for Bicep Strains
Activities or sports with repetitive arm motions, such as baseball, football, or tennis, can increase your risk of straining a bicep.
Poor circulation, previous injuries, and lack of stretching before activities can also put you at risk.
Bicep Strain Treatment and Recovery
After an exam, your doctor can help determine a treatment plan to address your symptoms. Common treatments for bicep strains include rest, ice, anti-inflammatory pain medications, or steroid injections.
Most bicep strain cases resolve after two weeks, and you may be relegated to modified activity levels as you recover.
Is My Bicep Torn?
A bicep tear works slightly differently than a strain as the injury is more severe. A torn bicep can occur from lifting heavy objects, overuse, repetitive motions, or previous injury.
Many patients can recognize a torn bicep from a tearing sensation in the arm at the time of the injury.
Bicep Tear Diagnosis and Treatment
Your doctor can determine if you have torn your biceps through a physical exam and tests such as an MRI.
Conservative methods, including rest, ice, and physical therapy, can help. Extensive injuries to the bicep may require surgery to correct the issue.
Your recovery depends on your injury’s nature and how well your body responds to treatment methods. If you’ve sustained an injury to your arm, don’t wait. Dr. Desio can help you get back to living your life to the fullest. Call 508-363-6363 to schedule an appointment in the Worcester office.