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To see if you have damaged your biceps tendon, physicians generally look for swelling in front of the elbow, weakness bending the elbow or twisting the forearm against resistance, bruising, or a gap created by shortening of the biceps tendon on the front of the elbow. When the tendon disconnects, there is usually the sound of a “pop” in the elbow. Swelling is likely.
Non-surgical treatment involves rest and a gradual return to normal activity. This will result in a significant loss of power, as the biceps are not repaired. Surgery, combined with post-op rehabilitation and exercises, give a greater chance for a full-strength recovery.
Tenderness is heightened when gripping or turning items, like opening a jar. Pain will run from your elbow down to either the thumb (tennis elbow) or pinky (golfer’s elbow) side of your forearm.
Anti-inflammatory medications are often prescribed for such injuries along with resting the elbow, applying ice, and using a splint or brace for extra support and comfort.
There are many types of bursitis (elbow, knee, shoulder, hip, etc), but most diagnoses are consistent in that each show tenderness and swelling over the bursa along with pain during movement. Inflamed bursas carry a small chance of getting infected. If you experience open wounds around the area of bursitis, redness, or a fever/chills, contact a doctor immediately.
Treating bursitis is a matter of resting and protecting the affected area. Ice it down, take anti-inflammatory medicines to control swelling, with physical therapy & cortisone injections available for persistent cases. Physical rehab may be recommended for serious cases.