Tendon injuries in the upper extremities are common in the biceps tendon, located at the upper end of the muscle where it attaches to the shoulder.
This tendon can easily be damaged as a result of a sudden impact, overuse or age, which may cause the tendon to become inflamed or to tear in more severe cases. Patients with biceps tendon rupture often experience bruising, deformity, pain and weakness with movement. You may notice a popping sound if the tendon tears completely.
Treatment for a biceps tendon injury often includes a period of rest and immobilization, as well as applying ice and taking anti-inflammatory medication. Complete tears, or those that do not heal with conservative treatment, may require surgery to fuse the tendon back down to the bone and relive symptoms.
Upper Arm, Forearm, Wrist and Hand Trauma
The structures of our musculoskeletal system – the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and other tissues – are highly susceptible to damage caused by trauma from accidents, injuries and other events. These traumatic events may include a fall, automobile accident or sports injury, and often involve a direct blow or twisting on a specific area of the body, causing pain, swelling, inflammation and other sometimes serious complications. Any bones that have been fractured need to be healed and joints may need to be realigned in order to maintain proper function and optimize their use.
Treatment may be required to the:
upper extremity, which includes injuries to the clavicle (collarbone), shoulder, scapula (shoulder blade), humerus (upper arm), elbow, radius and ulna (forearm), wrist and hand
While some traumatic injuries can be cared for nonsurgically with a splint, cast or another stabilizing device, many require a surgical procedure to ensure that complete healing can occur. This may involve traditional or minimally invasive surgery, reconstruction of the soft tissue, transplantation of a bone or joint, bone grafting or several other types of treatment methods.
Surgical care is often necessary for treating acute fractures and serious musculoskeletal injuries. In addition, deformities can result from a nonunion, which is the failure of a fracture to correctly unite, or a malunion, which is when a bone is not aligned correctly, and these conditions will also usually necessitate trauma surgery.