Healing a Torn Bicep Muscle

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In order to heal a torn bicep muscle, first visit a physician in order to verify that the muscle is indeed torn. Learn about how surgery may be needed to treat a torn bicep muscle with help from a physical therapist in this free video on sports medicine and torn bicep muscles.

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Hi I'm Tara Pollak, physical therapist at "Evolution Physical Therapy" here to teach you how to heal a torn bicep muscle. Now of the utmost importance is to make sure that you've seen a physician or your orthopedic surgeon to help evaluate you if you truly have torn the bicep muscle. Make sure that you're not a candidate for surgery or if you need skilled physical therapy to help you heal the muscle. But definitely after a torn bicep muscle there will be swelling and maybe even bruising so you want to apply a cold pack to the area immediately. You can do this for a minimum of ten minutes to a maximum of 20 minutes a few times a day and this can help control pain and swelling. You might also want to initiate some early movement but you don't want to contract the bicep muscle on its own if it is torn. So definitely no heavy lifting or carrying with that arm. To initiate active assisted elbow flexion and extension might help to heal the muscle so what you want to do Shonte is with your palm up, grab your wrist and you're going to assist with your left hand to flex the elbow all the way up and then extend the elbow all the way down. So we're getting some contraction, some mild contraction of the bicep and then some lengthening of the bicep as well. Good, one more time, pulling it up and then all the way down. Again if there is any increase in pain when you do this type of exercise, stop, make sure you consult a skilled physical therapist. I'm Tara and this is how to heal a torn bicep muscle.

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