Nonsurgical Biceps Tendon Rupture Treatment

For many people, pain from a long head of biceps tendon tear resolves over time. Mild arm weakness or arm deformity may not bother some patients, such as older and less active people.

In addition, if you have not damaged a more critical structure, such as the rotator cuff, nonsurgical treatment is a reasonable option.

Nonsurgical Treatment

Nonsurgical biceps tendon rupture treatment can include:


Apply cold packs for 20 minutes at a time, several times a day to keep down swelling. Do not apply ice directly to the skin.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications

Drugs like ibuprofen, aspirin, or naproxen reduce pain and swelling.


Avoid heavy lifting and overhead activities to relieve pain and limit swelling. Your doctor may recommend using a sling for a brief time.

Physical therapy

Flexibility and strengthening exercises will restore movement and strengthen your shoulder.

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