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Biceps Tendon Tear

What is the biceps tendon?
How does the tear occur?
What is SLAP tear?
What are the complaints?
How is the treatment done?

What is the biceps tendon?

The biceps muscle, also known as the biceps muscle, connects the shoulder and elbow joint to meet a significant portion of the arm's motor force. Biceps means two heads. This muscle has two heads. The long head, which we will say as long and short heads, enters the shoulder joint and adheres to the cartilage inside the joint.

How does the tear occur?

The biceps muscle (biceps) degenerates well in the elderly, simple weight lifting and gardening may result in this tendon rupture. Usually the long head is torn.

In young people, this tendon is very difficult to rupture, but in those who do very heavy work and who are engaged in overhead sports (such as weightlifting), the long head of the biceps tendon is ruptured from the attachment point to the cartilage in the joint. This is called SLAP injury.

What is SLAP Injury?
It can be difficult to detect a SLAP (superior labral anterior posterior) injury. When suspicion arises with some special examination tests, it is confirmed by MR. Sometimes, in order to see this tear, gadolinium material is injected into the joint and MRI is performed and the SLAP lesion is only seen in this way. SLAP lesions do not heal spontaneously; The reason for this can be explained simply as the muscle keeps the place open by constantly pulling the place where it is attached to the tear.


In cases of sudden tears, an audible voice is accompanied by a non-significant pain in the shoulder area and a gap is felt in the biceps muscle. In fact, some patients with pain in the shoulder feel that this pain decreases after rupture. When retracted into the adrenal, there is a build-up of the biceps in the biceps area. A state like Popeye chard is formed. Swelling and bruising in the shoulder, weakness is felt when lifting something like a teapot. There is no change in shoulder functions.
When the biceps muscle ruptures from the shoulder area in the elderly, it usually does not require surgery. Surgery may be required if the elbow is torn from its attachment point. SLAp lesion or biceps tear should be repaired surgically in young people.


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